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‘Late’ common nouns in the book of chronicles

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Common nouns are the most productive part of speech in 'Biblical Hebrew' (BH) which has over 3,000 unique common nouns with 100,000 plus total occurrences. Turning to numbers, Chronicles has some 700 unique common nouns with about 8,000 total occurrences. Of these, 91 of 700 are absent from the Pentateuch and Former Prophets. These are the main focus of this chapter. Genesis-Kings as an initial point of comparison may seem arbitrary, but regardless of one's view on the composition of these books, scholars characterise their language as Early BH (EBH = CBH/SBH), rather than the Late BH (LBH) of Esther-Chronicles and other books. The chapter explores several verb forms used as substantives, some common noun phrases and proper names, and alleged cases of semantic development among the 600 common nouns which are found in Genesis-Kings and Chronicles.

Keywords: Book of Chronicles; common nouns; Early Biblical Hebrew (EBH); Late Biblical Hebrew (LBH)



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