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Humanities 2012, 1(2), 104-116; doi:10.3390/h1020104
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Babel’s Dawn and the Primeval Language. Between Translation and Narrative, or the Syriac Version of an Old Jewish Tradition

Received: 18 April 2012; in revised form: 11 June 2012 / Accepted: 12 June 2012 / Published: 26 June 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Translation as the Foundation for Humanistic Investigations)
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Abstract: The story of the Tower of Babel in Gn 11:1–9 gave rise to a rich literary tradition, in which the topos of the primeval language emerged. Whereas the interpretative tradition originating among the Jewish commentators upheld that the original language was Hebrew, in the heart of the Eastern Christian communities some authors supported this theory, but others stated it to be Aramaic. The aim of the present article is to show how a celebrated chronicler like Michael the Syrian (12th c. CE) composed his version of the account narrated in Gn 11:1–9 by echoing different textual sources, but at the same time by combining both translation and narrative techniques in composing his text.
Keywords: Book of Genesis; Babel; primeval language; translation; narrative; tradition; Syriac; Michael the Syrian Book of Genesis; Babel; primeval language; translation; narrative; tradition; Syriac; Michael the Syrian
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Monferrer-Sala, J.P. Babel’s Dawn and the Primeval Language. Between Translation and Narrative, or the Syriac Version of an Old Jewish Tradition. Humanities 2012, 1, 104-116.

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Monferrer-Sala JP. Babel’s Dawn and the Primeval Language. Between Translation and Narrative, or the Syriac Version of an Old Jewish Tradition. Humanities. 2012; 1(2):104-116.

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Monferrer-Sala, Juan Pedro. 2012. "Babel’s Dawn and the Primeval Language. Between Translation and Narrative, or the Syriac Version of an Old Jewish Tradition." Humanities 1, no. 2: 104-116.

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