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10 Conclusion

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The position adopted in this book is, that of one persuaded that a linguistic distinction between pre and post-exilic Hebrew can indeed be reliably detected on the basis of rigorously identified characteristic features and that biblical texts can be dated relatively and, to some extent, absolutely on the basis of their linguistic profiles. On the basis of a detailed examination of over forty linguistic features, representing the full spectrum of linguistic categories: orthography, phonology, morphology, syntax, and lexicon, the conclusion of the book is that, the extant book of Jeremiah was written in a form of TBH, the literary medium employed in works composed in the span of time linking the First and Second Temple Periods, probably approximately conterminous with the 6th century BCE. The features discussed include internal developments apparently independent of foreign influence, internal developments likely accelerated by foreign influence, and elements probably borrowed from abroad.

Keywords: book of Jeremiah; Hebrew; orthography; phonology; Temple Periods



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