Friday, October 09, 2009

Yemen, again

The latest volume of the venerable REJ is now available online. It includes an article by Dr M Morgenstern on the textual value of the Yemenite manuscripts of the Babylonian Talmud. Morgenstern is working on a comprehensive grammar of Jewish Babylonian Aramaic, based primarily on Oriental manuscripts (of the Talmud and the Geonic literature) and on magic bowls. His conclusion in this article is that from a linguistic perspective, the Yemenite manuscripts are contaminated by outside influences, and sometimes are simply mistaken.

Correction: Dr Morgenstern pointed out to me that he was discussing the Yemenite reading tradition, not necessarily the text of Yemenite manuscripts.


Blogger DafKesher said...

A mentor and friend has a whole edward-saidesque analysis of the whole thing, but what is it in this particular controversy so interesting to you?

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