What Hebrew did Louis Ginzberg learn to translate the midrashim? In his famous book, is there a dictionary for midrashic words and a midrashic grammar, or is modern Hebrew enough?

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Modern Hebrew wouldn't be enough. There isn't a Mishnaic Hebrew-English dictionary, but Jastrow's Talmudic Aramaic-English dictionary, Bar-Asher's Mishnaic dictionary (תורת הצורות של לשון המשנה), and Segal's Mishnaic Hebrew Grammar are great resources. Ginzberg also quotes sources like Josephus, Philo, and apocryphal texts for which you'd need Greek.

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