Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1996. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto (9 1/2 x 6 1/2"). xxiv, 204pp (Vol. 1); xx, 415, pp (Vol. 2); xiv, 280pp (Vol. 3); viii, 198pp (Vol. 4). Original green cloth, with gold lettering to spines and front covers.
This four-volume reference work deals with the language of the Amarna letters written by scribes who had adopted a peculiar dialect mixture of Accadian and West Semitic syntax. In addition to the texts from Canaan, a few from Alashia are included along with the texts from Kamed el-Loz and Taanach.
Each of the first three volumes is written as a separate monograph; together they treat the problems of morphology and syntax. The first volume covers writing, pronouns and nouns (substantives, adjectives and numerals); the second volume treats the verbal system; and the third volume discusses particles and adverbs with a chapter on word order. The fourth volume includes the bibliography and index to the set.
Since these texts are the earliest witness to West Semitic syntax, they are an invaluable source for the historical study of the North West Semitic family, including biblical Hebrew. (From the Publishers).
Minor and sporadic soiling / age-toning to bindings. Ex-library copy, with sticker at upper front joints and tail of spines; bookplate on inside of each front cover, printed notice at rear, and stamp at top and bottom paper edges. Bindings in overall good+, interior in very good condition. g+ to vg. Item #46770