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Language and literacy in Roman Judaea : a study of the Bar Kokhba documents

Author: Michael Owen Wise
Publisher: ©2015
Series: Anchor Yale Bible reference library
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This comprehensive exploration of language and literacy in the multi-lingual environment of Roman Palestine (c. 63 B.C.E. to 136 C.E.) is based on Michael Wise's extensive study of 145 Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, and Nabataean contracts and letters preserved among the Bar Kokhba texts, a valuable cache of ancient Middle Eastern artifacts. His investigation of Judean documentary and epistolary culture derives for the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Bar Kokhba
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Owen Wise
ISBN: 9780300204537 0300204531
OCLC Number: 927275740
Description: xvii, 523 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Status quaestionum and the present study --
Jerusalem, Herodium, Jericho, and environs --
En Gedi, Mahoza, and Kephar-Baru --
Epistolary culture in Roman Judaea --
Language and literacy in Roman Judaea --
Appendix A: Significant documents of the Bar Kokhba discoveries: signatories and writers --
Appendix B: Signatories and writers listed by name
Series Title: Anchor Yale Bible reference library
Responsibility: Michael Owen Wise

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This comprehensive exploration of language and literacy in the multi-lingual environment of Roman Palestine (c. 63 B.C.E. to 136 C.E.) is based on Michael Wise's extensive study of 145 Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, and Nabataean contracts and letters preserved among the Bar Kokhba texts, a valuable cache of ancient Middle Eastern artifacts. His investigation of Judean documentary and epistolary culture derives for the first time numerical data concerning literacy rates, language choices, and writing fluency during the two-century span between Pompey's conquest and Hadrian's rule. He explores questions of who could read in these ancient times of Jesus and Hillel, what they read, and how language worked in this complex multi-tongued milieu. Included also is an analysis of the ways these documents were written and the interplay among authors, secretaries, and scribes. Additional analysis provides readers with a detailed picture of the people, families, and lives behind the texts

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