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Leiden, September 6, 1996.
At the Leiden Symposium on the Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls and
the Book of Ben Sira, held in December 1995, the participants
agreed that in order to facilitate international scholarly
contacts in the field it would be useful to launch a _Newsletter
for the Study of Pre-Modern Hebrew_.
The idea was that such a newsletter is to be distributed annually
and include news on recent publications, ongoing research projects,
and dissertations in progress pertaining to the *linguistic* study
of the Hebrew language, covering Biblical Hebrew, Qumran Hebrew, the
Hebrew of Ben Sira, Mishnaic/Rabbinic Hebrew, Samaritan Hebrew, and
Mediaeval Hebrew (including living pronunciation traditions such as
the modern-day Karaites').
Publications and activities bearing upon theology, history,
textual criticism, literary studies, and Modern Hebrew should not
It is our intention to start such a newsletter and distribute it
free of charge, although -- just like Prof. Otto Jastrow's Neo-
Aramaic Newsletter -- by strict application of the input = output
principle: `No distribution without contribution'. This means that
only those who themselves contribute to the newsletter will receive
a copy from us. The newsletter itself will simply consist of a
xerox copy of all contributions.
Therefore, I invite all colleagues active in the field to send me a
letter to let me know *as concisely as possible* of their
publications in the past year, ongoing or future research projects,
and dissertations in progress that deserve to be known in a wider
Since we plan to send out the first issue in November 1996, we
should like to receive your contributions before November 1, 1996.
Anything received later will be included in the second issue (due
in November 1997).
Please feel free to forward this message to any colleague who
could usefully contribute to the newsletter.
Hoping to hear from you,
Prof. T. Muraoka
Dept. of Languages and Cultures of the Near East
Section Hebrew, Aramaic, and Ugaritic Studies
P.O.B. 9515 -- NL-2300 RA Leiden -- The Netherlands