Lecture by Stephen Fassberg, Harvard University
The Hebrew Dead Sea Scrolls, the first of which was published in 1948, have revolutionized the study of the Hebrew biblical text, intertestamental literature, the New Testment, early Christianity, and all aspects of Second Temple Judaism – be it history, literature, halakha, theology, or archaeology. No less important has been the impact of the Dead Sea Scrolls on research into the Hebrew language. The Scrolls have partially filled lacunae in the study of ancient Hebrew paleography, epigraphy, sociolinguistics, and dialectology and they have led to a substantial revision of the history of the language. No field of linguistic research has been left unaffected by the Scrolls. The talk will describe the history and development of linguistic scholarship on the Scrolls and the impact it has had on the study of Hebrew in general.
Steven E. Fassberg, PhD (1984), Harvard University, is Caspar Levias Professor of Ancient Semitic Languages in the Department of Hebrew Language at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a member of the Academy of the Hebrew Language and associate editor of its Historical Dictionary of the Hebrew Language.