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* Language and Literacy in Roman Judaea: A Study of the Bar Kokhba Documents (Michael Owen Wise) Hardcover Book, (Yale University Press, 2015) 9780300204537
* Language and Literacy in Roman Judaea: A Study of the Bar Kokhba Documents (Michael Owen Wise) Hardcover Book, (Yale University Press, 2015) 9780300204537
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Title: * Language and Literacy in Roman Judaea: A Study of the Bar Kokhba Documents

Author: Wise, Michael Owen

Publisher: Yale University Press; Publication Date: 2015

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780300204537

Volumes: 1; Pages: 544

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This comprehensive exploration of language and literacy in the multi-lingual environment of Roman Palestine (c. 63 B.C.E. to 136 C.E.) is based on Michael Wise's extensive study of 145 Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, and Nabataean contracts and letters preserved among the Bar Kokhba texts, a valuable cache of ancient Middle Eastern artifacts. His investigation of Judean documentary and epistolary culture derives for the first time numerical data concerning literacy rates, language choices, and writing fluency during the two-century span between Pompey's conquest and Hadrian's rule. He explores questions of who could read in these ancient times of Jesus and Hillel, what they read, and how language worked in this complex multi-tongued milieu. Included also is an analysis of the ways these documents were written and the interplay among authors, secretaries, and scribes. Additional analysis provides readers with a detailed picture of the people, families, and lives behind the texts.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

List of Abbreviations

1. Status Quaestionum and the Present Study

2. Jerusalem, Herodium, Jericho, and Environs

3. En Gedi, Mahoza, and Kephar-Bara

4. Epistolary Culture in Roman Judaea

5. Language and Literacy in Roman Judaea

Appendix A Significant Documents of the Bar Kokhba Discoveries: Signatories and Writers

Appendix B Signatories and Writers Listed by Name

Notes

Index of Subjects

Index of Modern Authors

Index of Ancient Sources
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