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Re: orion Ian H. on Aramaic and Hebrew; M. Stern on Pliny
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Ian Hutchesson wrote:
> Dear Stephen,
> You wrote:
> >Ian H. wrote of Qumran "texts in two dialects of Aramaic and three
> >dialects of Hebrew." I ask Ian to describe these dialects, based on
> >reading of the texts, and to describe their significance.
> Do you deny the existence of said languages and dialects among the
> (Would you deny that speech communities tend to use a single language
> that community? Would you deny that within religious written
> there is a tendency to use one language and a conservatism with regard
> change of that language: take Latin and Arabic as examples.)
> I would be interested in this thread. I am aware of the Mishnaic
> Hebrew and the stylistic Qumran Hebrew, the Palaeo-Hebrew of the
> Leviticus fragment and the enigmatic copper scroll that seems to
> combine a Mishnaic with the Qumran style. What about the Aramaic?
> The dialects of Aramaic at this time were Western and Eastern styles
> of Middle Aramaic and a Galilean dialect which seemed to contain close
> affinities with the Eastern style. Are both Eastern and Western
> Aramaic represented? Which texts?