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Medical Texts: Medieval Period
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The earliest medieval texts that exhibit Hebrew medical vocabulary were deliberately formulated to appear older than they were. ספר יצירה sep̄er yeṣira ‘Book of Creation’ mimics the style of the Mishna and appropriates some language from the Talmud. ספר אסף sep̄er ʾasap̄ ‘Book of Asaf’ mimics a biblical style. Though the origins of both remain controversial, the former probably originated in the Middle East during the early Islamic period, the latter written about the same time, but in Byzantium. Medicine at this time in particular con…

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Langermann, Y. Tzvi, “Medical Texts: Medieval Period”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 26 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000740>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423



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