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Young rezetko linguistic dating review

Kim aims at overcoming the impasse that the debate on the linguistic dating of biblical texts has been moving towards in the last few years, after Young, Rezetko, and Ehrensvärd’s volume (2008) in which they attacked Avi Hurvitz’s model and methodology for dating biblical texts.

The book is essentially a technical, fairly complex, 699-page progress report of research.

The authors are trying to put diachronic Hebrew linguistics on a careful scientific footing, which is a worthy enterprise.

It is worth asking at the outset why a forty year old book would need such extensive examination when more up-to-date studies stand unchallenged and unquoted? Watson, for example, discusses dating poetry and offers numerous works which he considers authoritative; he only mentions Robertson in passing.