New Article in the Journal of Semitic Studies

The latest issue of the Journal of Semitic Studies (2014; 59/1) is out and has an article that I wrote with my doctoral student, Andrew Jones.

Robert D. Holmstedt and Andrew R. Jones. 2014. “The Pronoun in Tripartite Verbless Clauses in Biblical Hebrew: Resumption for Left-Dislocation or Pronominal Copula?” Journal of Semitic Studies. 59(1): 53-89.

This article is related to this earlier post, as well as this JBL article that came out last Fall.

For the full article, see here and scroll down.

Esther 3:8-15

And here is the second half of Esther 3. I’m still considering whether I will post further in Esther. Even if I do, it won’t be until the end of the month, though.

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Esther 3:1-7

This and the next section, together accounting for all of Esther 3, will be my last two posts in this aborted series. Lack of interaction suggests that there is little advantage in posting the rest of our commentary here.

But later in the spring I’ll add a few posts about some of my recent linguistic studies.

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Introducing “Beginning Biblical Hebrew” (videos)

Last November at SBL, John and I sat down to record a few videos introducing our textbook (Beginning Biblical Hebrew; see here), its pedagogical approach, and the supplementary materials we’ve made (or are planning).

 There are a few humorous backstory details, but the one I’ll share is that we did this at 8am after a poor night of sleep (I never sleep well in hotels). So, for me at least, keeping my eyes open was the first victory and stringing together coherent comments was the second.

Below are the videos for those who are interested.

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Esther 2:21-23

Below is our commentary on the final scene of the first major part of the book of Esther.

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Esther 2:11-20

Here is the remainder of the section begun in the last post.

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A Linguistic Profile of the Book of Esther (SBL 2013)

A doctoral student in my department, John Screnock, and I are co-presenting a paper in the SBL Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew section in Baltimore on Sunday. The paper is a much shortened version of a large section of our introductory chapter in the Baylor Handbook on the Hebrew Bible volume on Esther that we are writing (the volume is now 99% drafted).

Since we have finished the paper much sooner than I typically do, I have posted the paper and handout below. (It’s a relief to anticipate a flight without finishing my paper—what an odd feeling.)

See you in Baltimore!

Paper

Handout

More entries from Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics

To follow suit of my co-blogger, here are links to the offprints of my contributions to EHLL that arrive a couple of weeks ago. Without yet having read many of the numerous EHLL offprints from these volumes available on academia.edu, it will be interesting to see how they are received considering the articles appear to at times take diametrically opposite viewpoints on overlapping topics.

One such example came in the immediately-following article to my “Aspect: Pre-Modern Hebrew,” the article “Aspect: Modern Hebrew.” This latter article quite curiously begins with introducing, among other things, Vendler’s four categories of situations. This seems odd only because there is an entire other series of entries on “Actionality (Aktionsart),” to which I contributed the Pre-Modern Hebrew entry, and which is arguably the more suitable location for discussing Vendler’s situation categories.

The other curiosity I noticed is that Jan Joosten begins his “Verbal System: Biblical Hebrew” article (which he kindly sent me and has posted on academia.edu) with the statement that the analysis of the system as consisting of a central opposition between qatal (Perfect) and yiqtol (Imperfect) “has proved wrong headed.” This stands in direct contrast with my statement about this central opposition in Biblical Hebrew in my “Verb” entry, which surveys the historical development of the Hebrew verb from the ancient period to Modern Hebrew. These volumes would appear to promise an interesting potpourri of perspectives on the Hebrew language.

2013. Actionality (Aktionsart): Pre-Modern Hebrew. Pp. 25–28 in Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Volume 1: A–F, ed. Geoffrey Khan. Leiden: Brill, 1.25–28. (PDF)

2013. Aspect: Pre-Modern Hebrew. Pp. 201–5 in Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Volume 1: A–F, ed. Geoffrey Khan. Boston/Leiden: Brill. (PDF)

2013. Verb. Pp. 896–901 in Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Volume 3: P–Z, ed. Geoffrey Khan. Boston/Leiden: Brill. (PDF)

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More on our Beginning Biblical Hebrew

The good folks at Baker Academic have set up a website for us to use as a way to support instructors using our new textbook.

The site has a blog, a forum, an area where we will post more draft supplementary materials, and links to the existing materials that Baker has edited and makes available to instructors. 

So, if you’re using our textbook or are interested in using it, stop by the new textbook digs: 

www.beginningbiblicalhebrew.com

We will be putting up more posts there in the coming week.

My Entries in the Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics

Brill sent out the offprints from the EHLL to authors last week. They expressly asked in the email that authors not post their offprints to Academia.edu. That’s too bad, since it is a very useful way to share articles. I will acquiesce, though, and refrain from posting my offprints there. Instead, I will post them here (which they fully allow).

Holmstedt, Robert D., and B. Elan Dresher.
2013. Clitics: Pre-Modern Hebrew. Pp. 458-63 in the Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Volume 1: A‒F, ed. Geoffrey Khan. Boston/Leiden: Brill. (PDF)

Holmstedt, Robert D.
2013. Hypotaxis. Pp. 220-22 in the Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Volume 2: G‒O, ed. Geoffrey Khan. Boston/Leiden: Brill. (PDF)

2013. Pro-drop. Pp. 265-67 in the Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Volume 3: P‒Z, ed. Geoffrey Khan. Boston/Leiden: Brill. (PDF)

2013. Relative Clause: Biblical Hebrew. Pp. 350-57 in the Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Volume 3: P‒Z, ed. Geoffrey Khan. Boston/Leiden: Brill. (PDF)

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