Sifre Zuta on Numbers is one of two Tannaitic halakhic midrashim that belonged to the 'Zuta school', a southern rabbinic center situated in Lod. A preliminary examination of a geniza fragment of the text (MS Firkovich) yielded three groups of linguistic features: (a) authentic features of Rabbinic Hebrew, which demonstrate the high quality of the text preserved in the manuscript; (b) lexical connections with Biblical Hebrew and Palestinian piyyut, which point to lexical and stylistic singularity within rabbinic literature; (c) unique linguistic features that suggest grammatical (and perhaps dialectical) singularity. Several connections between the language of Sifre Zuta and another southern idiom, Qumranic Hebrew, were identified.
|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenlandischen Gesellschaft|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2015|