The Invention of Hebrew, Paperback Book

The Invention of Hebrew Paperback

Part of the Traditions series


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Seth L. Sanders connects the Bible's distinctive linguistic form--writing down a local spoken language--to a cultural desire to speak directly to people, summoning them to join a new community that the text itself helped call into being.

Addressing the people of Israel through a vernacular literature, Hebrew texts gained the ability to address their audience as a public.

By comparing Biblical documents with related ancient texts in Hebrew, Ugaritic, and Babylonian, this book details distinct ways in which Hebrew was a powerfully self-conscious political language.

Revealing the enduring political stakes of Biblical writing, The Invention of Hebrew demonstrates how Hebrew assumed and promoted a source of power previously unknown in written literature: \u0022the people\u0022 as the protagonist of religion and politics.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 280 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
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  • Category: linguistics
  • ISBN: 9780252078354

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