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Latin-into-Hebrew in the Making: Bilingual Documents in Facing Columns and Their Possible Function

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In their article in this book, "Latin into Hebrew-Twice Over!" Susan Einbinder and Michael McVaugh describe a document that is rather rare: it consists of two columns of text, one in Latin transcribed/transliterated in Hebrew characters, the other its Hebrew translation. Documents of this kind have not been described or studied as such before, but they have an important bearing on the Latin-into-Hebrew theme. Consequently, after learning of the existence of this one, the author searched for others, and at present he is aware of three such manuscripts. This chapter presents them briefly and argues that together they instantiate a literary genre that has not been previously identified or discussed. The author submits that the three bilingual documents constitute a class apart. The common pattern justifies considering the documents to represent a distinct literary genre of authorial and scribal artifacts that palpably visualize the Latin-into-Hebrew cultural transfer.

Keywords: bilingual documents; cultural transfer; Hebrew; Latin; Michael McVaugh; Susan Einbinder



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