Language contact in judea? Hebrew, aramaic, and punic

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This paper examines a set of linguistic parallels between Judean Hebrew and Aramaic, on the one hand, and Punic and Late Punic, on the other, in order to examine J. T. Milik's 1957 claim for a Hebrew-Phoenician koine in southern Palestine. The analysis of the evidence indeed indicates language contact (rather than parallel development), but does not support Milik's notion of a southern koine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-233
Number of pages23
JournalDead Sea Discoveries
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Hebrew papyrology and epigraphy
  • Judean Hebrew and Aramaic
  • Palestinian Aramaic
  • Punic
  • Rabbinic Hebrew
  • language contact

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • History


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