The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1917 Tuesday, 10 October 2000.
From: Florence Amit <
Date: Monday, 9 Oct 2000 17:59:25 -0700 (PDT)
One wonders what Tony Burton really thinks regarding non-Jewish
Hebraists. Recently he mentioned that Hebrew was widely learned, but now
he pictures that Shakespeare in order to know Hebrew must exert himself
in an unrealistic way - hinting that it really was a Jewish avocation.
So what to believe? That Tony does not like to defend an unpopular
position? Most people will agree with his corrected stance. So then to
summarize: although there were teachers, students and grammar books our
own familiar Shakespeare could not be proficient. That is what Tony
Burton knows to be true right now.