Where Do Hebrew Acronyms Come From?

Medieval and modern Hebrew are unusually rich in abbreviations, but in a manner that is the reverse of English.

A section from Johannes Buxtorf’s De abbreviaturis Hebraicis (1646). Google Books.

A section from Johannes Buxtorf’s De abbreviaturis Hebraicis (1646). Google Books.

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June 13 2018
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