Lexicography: Pre-Modern Period

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Pre-modern Hebrew lexicography falls between medieval Jewish lexicography (up to c. 1500) and modern Hebrew lexicography (from c. 1800). This article
1. identifies the corpus of pre-modern Hebrew lexicography as chiefly the Hebrew Bible,
2. outlines both the Christian acquisition of Hebrew lexicography characterized by Hebrew-Latin works, and the Christian consolidation, characterized by the view that the Hebrew language was divine, the developing linguistic theory of primitive roots, and the pedagogic aims of the lexicographers, and
3. points to the beginnings of modern Hebrew lexicography and the return to the field of Jewish lexicographers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics
Place of PublicationLeiden
ISBN (Print)978-90-04-17642-3
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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