This volume contains nine articles. The first five are the outcome of the International Workshop on Israelian Hebrew held last year in Tsukuba, Japan. The next two constitute a supplement to the special issue of the previous volume, "Near Eastern Studies in Japan: Islamic Period." Abbreviations of the names of journals used in these articles are listed in Vol. XXXVII, pp. 4-5. The final two articles were contributed by members of the Society for Near Eastern Studies in Japan. It is worth mentioning here that contribution to Orient is open to all scholars. Those interested are kindly directed to the "Instructions for Contributors" in the inside back cover of the journal.
My research on IH (Israelian Hebrew) was stimulated by a series of works on the subject by Gary A. Rendsburg. In 1999, the Society for Old Testament Studies in Japan announced a conference featuring the subject "Old Testament and Language." At the conference, held in October 1999, I read a paper about IH in which I did three things. First, I summarized Rendsburg's methodology of reconstructing IH. Second, I outlined his findings. Third, I proposed three features which I thought at that time were new and original. Sections 1 and 2 of this paper deal with two of them. I kept searching for IH features after that, and read another paper on IH at a monthly meeting of the Japanese Institute for Biblical Studies in April 2001. Section 3 of this paper is one of the features that I proposed there.