After a career in education, Robyn resumed full-time study at the University of Sydney. Following her interests, she engaged in Classical Hebrew and Biblical Studies, enriched by studies in related languages including Aramaic, Syriac, Ugaritic, Akkadian and Amarna Canaanite. Robyn lectures and tutors in Biblical Studies and continues her studies in Akkadian. She has presented papers at conferences overseas and in Sydney.
The dating of some Archaic Biblical Hebrew poems to the late second millennium – early first millennium BCE on the basis of a handful of linguistic forms in common with second millennium Ugaritic and Amarna-Canaanite texts is brought into question. This critique highlights the problems with the arguments and hypotheses presented in the literature, and concludes that there is no compelling evidence to support the use of linguistic data for dating purposes.
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