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Garr, Dialect Geography of Syria-Palestine. E. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 1985) 229. Note that Hackett treats the Deir Alla language as South Canaanite (Balaam Text, 8). Another approach to the dialectology, profiting from Garr's wave-theory or continuum model, would take Hebrew as central (on an east-west axis) with Phoenician as a western extreme and Ammonite as an eastern extreme. 21. Translation and summary from I. Rabinowitz, The Book of the Honeycomb's Flow ... by Judah Messer Leon (Ithaca, New York: Cornell University, 1983) xxxii-xxxiii.

We noted above that vowel letters were only later introduced into the oldest texts, at first only for final long vowels, and later for medial long vowels. These letters were added sporadically and inconsistently. The MT reflects all stages of this practice. F. M. Cross and D. N. Freedman put it this way: Although persistent efforts were made to standardize the orthography of the Bible, they were never completely successful, and clear evidence of the earlier stages of the development of Hebrew spelling has been preserved in the text.

More and more scholars are turning to the computer to assist them in their research; E. Tov provides a succinct introduction to such methods in "Computers and the Bible," Bible Review 4 (1988) 38–43. 69. The statement of James Barr, Comparative Philology and the Text of the Old Testament (Oxford: Clarendon, 1968; rpt. Winona Lake, Indiana: Eisenbrauns, 1987) 3437, is representative. chm::/bwbhs01.... 28/07/2005 Language and Text Page 23 of 24 70. Cross and Freedman, Early Hebrew Orthography, 1.

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