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Several other papers deal with Hebrew and the Hebrew Bible. Steven Fassberg deals with verbal t-forms that do not exhibit the expected metathesis in Hebrew and Aramaic of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Randall Garr studies one class of denominal hiphil verbs and asks why these verbs are assigned to the causative stem despite their non-causative semantic content. Ed Greenstein suggests that the roots of biblical wisdom can be located in second-millennium Canaanite literature by identifying wisdom sayings and themes in the Ugaritic corpus. Jeremy Hutton sheds more light on tG forms in Biblical Hebrew. Paul Korchin explains occurrences of the cohortative in Biblical Hebrew that do not conform to the normative volitive function. Dennis Pardee provides a detailed study of the Hebrew verbal system as primarily expressing aspect, not tense. Gary A. Rendsburg argues in favor of Late Biblical Hebrew features in the book of Haggai.


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Papers on comparative Semitics are likewise numerous. Jo Ann Hackett takes another look at Ugaritic yaqtul and argues for the existence of a preterite yaqtul on comparative grounds, among others. Rebecca Hasselbach tackles the evasive origin of the Semitic verbal endings -u and -a. Na'ama Pat-El continues the discussion of the origin of the Hebrew relative particle šeC- from a syntactic and comparative perspective. Richard C. Steiner proposes a new vowel syncope rule for Proto Semitic. David Testen argues for a different reconstruction of the Semitic case system. Tamar Zewi shows that prepositional phrases can function as subjects in a variety of Semitic languages. Andrzej Zaborski suggests that Berber and Cushitic preserve archaic features that have been lost for the most part in the Semitic languages.

David is a Ph.D. student in the Bible and the ancient Near East joint program between NELC and the Divinity School. He completed his B.A. in Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and his M.A. in Near Eastern & Judaic Studies at Brandeis. He is undertaking coursework and research in Semitic philology and linguistics as well as a broad interest in the Hebrew Bible and the history of its composition. David is pursuing a broad interest in Semitic philology, with a particular focus on Hebrew and the other Northwest Semitic languages. His current research involves various aspects of the Hebrew verbal system, including the particularities of Late Biblical Hebrew, and the semantics of certain rare Biblical Hebrew stems. Within the Hebrew Bible, David is interested in the formation of the Pentateuch, and the implications of the practice of textual criticism and historical linguistics for a source-critical analysis of Pentateuchal (and other) texts. In addition, David is interested in conceptions of law, religion, ritual, and magic in Israel and the surrounding regions.

Notarius, T 2013. The verb in archaic biblical poetry: a discursive, typological, and historical investigation of the tense system. Studies in Semitic Languages and Linguistics 68. Leiden: Brill. DOI: 041b061a72


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