Wechter, Pinchas

Published by Philadelphia; Dropsie College For Hebrew And Cognate Learning, 1964
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Original Cloth. 8vo. XVI, 235 pages. 23 cm. First edition. The Book of Comparison between the Hebrew and the Arabic Languages. Ibn Barun's Arabic Works on Hebrew Grammar and Lexicography. A translation of, and commentary on, Ibn Barun's work on the comparative Hebrew and Arabic philology of the Old Testament. Abu Ibrahim Isaac ben Joseph Ibn Benveniste Ibn Barun (c. 1100) , "Hebrew grammarian and lexicographer. . He was a pupil of the Hebrew poet and grammarian Levi Ibn Altabban, and in his Kitab al-Muwazana bayn al-Lugha al-? Ibraniyya wa-al-Arabiyya ('The Book of Comparison between the Hebrew and Arabic Language') , he developed the comparative linguistic studies begun by Ibn Quraysh, Dunash ibn Tamim , and Jonah Ibn Janah. The book (fragments of which are extant) consists of two parts, the shorter one dealing with grammar and the longer one, called 'The Book of Roots, ' a lexical work. Ibn Barun knew Arabic literature well and often quotes the Koran, and Khal? L ibn Ahmad's Kitab al-Ayn (the first Arabic lexicon) , among others. According to Moses ibn Ezra who mentions Ibn Barun in his poetics (Shirat Yisrael, ed. By B. Halper 54, 76) , Ibn Barun (like Ibn Quraysh) assumed a non-Semitic origin for some Hebrew words (in which assumption he was wrong, according to Ibn Ezra) . Despite the excellent quality of Ibn Barun's work, it did not exert influence on other medieval authors and philologists. Joseph Kimhi is one of the few authorities who quote him. It was only in the 19th century that Jewish scholars discovered the importance of Ibn Barun for the development of Hebrew linguistics. Kokowzoff edited the fragments of Ibn Barun's Kit? B al-Muwazana with a detailed Russian introduction (see bibliography) . P. Wechter published a complete translation with a detailed introduction in English based on Kokowzoff, rendering this important work accessible to the English-speaking world. " - 2008 EJ. Subjects: Hebrew language - Grammar. Grammatik. Hebrew language - Grammar. Ibn Barun, Abu Ibrahim Isaac ben Joseph ibn Benveniste, active 12th century. In very good jacket. Institutional stamps on endpages, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-51-10) Sef8, arab1. (ja). Bookseller Inventory # 34983

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Publisher: Philadelphia; Dropsie College For Hebrew And Cognate Learning

Publication Date: 1964

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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