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Dr Aaron D. Hornkohl

Ancient Hebrew philology and linguistics, Ancient Hebrew periodization, exegesis
Dr Aaron D. Hornkohl

Language Teaching Officer in Hebrew

Office Phone: 01223 335118


Born 1975, Long Beach, California, USA. Married with three children. BA Social Science, Biola University. MA Bible and Its World, Rothberg International School, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. PhD, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, dissertation: “לשון ספר ירמיה ותולדות הלשון העברית [The Language of the Book of Jeremiah and the History of the Hebrew Language]” (2012).

Past positions: teacher, Biblical Hebrew, Biblical Language Center; adjunct lecturer, Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic, University of the Holy Land; adjunct lecturer, Discourse Analysis, Special Course for Bible Translators, Rothberg International School, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

Subject groups/Research projects

Hebrew & Semitic Studies:

Research Interests

Ancient Hebrew philology and linguistics, Ancient Hebrew periodization, exegesis, textual criticism

Key Publications


2014. Ancient Hebrew Periodization and the Book of Jeremiah: The Case for a Sixth-Century Date of Composition (Studies in Semitic Languages and Linguistics 74). Leiden: Brill.

Published Articles

2005. “The Pragmatics of the X+verb Structure in the Hebrew of Genesis: The Linguistic Functions and Associated Effects and Meanings of Intra-clausal Fronted Constituents,” Ethnorêma 1:35–88. (PDF)

2009. “Resolving the Crux of Judges 7:5b–7: A Critique of Two Traditional Approaches and the Reproposal of a Third,” Hebrew Studies 50:67–84. (PDF

2013. “Hebrew Language: Periodization,” Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, ed. by G. Khan, 315–325. Leiden: Brill, 2013. (PDF)

2014. “Her Word versus His: Establishing the Underlying Text in 1 Samuel 1:23,” Journal of Biblical Literature 133/3:465–477. (PDF)

2014. “Characteristically Late Spellings in the Hebrew Bible: With Special Reference to the Plene Spelling of the o Vowel in the Triliteral qal Infinitive Construct,” Journal of the American Oriental Society 134/4: 643–671. (PDF)

2016. “Transitional Biblical Hebrew,” Handbook of Biblical Hebrew, ed. by W. R. Garr and S. Fassberg, vol. 1, 31–42, vol. 2, 13–28. Winona Lake, Indiana: Eisenbrauns. (PDF 1) (PDF 2)

2016. “Hebrew Diachrony and the Linguistic Periodization of Biblical Texts: Observations from the Perspective of Reworked Pentateuchal Material,” Journal for Semitics 25/2:1004–1063. (PDF)

2017. “All Is Not Lost: Linguistic Periodization in the Face of Textual and Literary Pluriformity,” Biblical Hebrew Linguistics: Papers from the 16th WCJS, Jerusalem 2013, ed. by T. Notarius and A. Moshavi, 53–80. Winona Lake, Indiana: Eisenbrauns. (PDF)

2018. “Biblical Hebrew Tense–Aspect–Mood, Word Order and Pragmatics: Some Observations on Recent Approaches,” Studies in Semitic Linguistics and Manuscripts, ed. by N. Vidro, R. Vollandt, E.M. Wagner, J. Olszowy-Schlanger. Uppsala: University of Uppsala Press. (PDF uncorrected proofs)

2018. “Diachronic Exceptions in the Comparison of Tiberian and Qumran Hebrew: The Preservation of Early Linguistic Features in Dead Sea Scrolls Biblical Hebrew (STDJ Series), eds. J. Joosten, D. Machiela, & J.-S. Rey, 59–90. Leiden: Brill.

Forthcoming Articles

“Hebrew Language, Periodization of,” The Textual History of the Hebrew Bible, ed. by A. Lange (Leiden: Brill).

Other Publications


2016. E. Reymond, Qumran Hebrew: An Overview of Orthography, Phonology, and Morphology (Resources of Biblical Study; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2014), Revue de Qumran 28/1 [107], 146–149. (PDF)

2016. K. Penner, The Verbal System of the Dead Sea Scrolls: Tense, Aspect, and Modality in Qumran Hebrew Texts (Studia Semitica Neerlandica 64; Leiden: Brill, 2015), Revue de Qumran 28/2 [108], 304–309. (PDF)

2017. O. Cohen, The Verbal Tense System in Late Biblical Hebrew Prose (Harvard Semitic Studies 63; Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2013), Journal of the American Oriental Society 137/1, 180–182. (PDF)

2018. H. Dallaire, The Syntax of Volitives in Biblical Hebrew and Amarna Canaanite Prose (Linguistic Studies in Ancient West Semitic 9; Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2014), Journal of Semitic Studies.

2018. P. Bekins, Transitivity and Object Marking in Biblical Hebrew: An Investigation of the Object Preposition ʾet (Harvard Semitic Studies 64; Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2014), Journal of Semitic Studies.