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Maimonidean Tradition of Rabbinic Hebrew
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1. Introduction

Like many other educated Jews in the Arab world during the Middle Ages, Maimonides learned Arabic, Hebrew and Aramaic, but he did not use them all equally: he wrote, read and spoke Arabic, wrote and read Hebrew, and only read Aramaic (Hopkins 2005:89).

Maimonides wrote Hebrew and Arabic in different contexts. He attached great importance to effective communication, and this is what dictated his choice of one of these languages or t…

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Avirbach, Barak, “Maimonidean Tradition of Rabbinic Hebrew”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 20 March 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000043>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423



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