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  The History of the Hebrew Language
Hebrew on the other hand, continued to be the language of the rural population which constituted the majority of the people.
The language used in official documents laid the groundwork for the legal language that was later used in the rabbinical academies in Palestine.
Hebrew began to be spoken as a daily language by young Jews from Eastern Europe who settled in Palestine and worked to develop the country.
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  History of the Hebrew language   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
The Hebrew language belongs to Canaanite branch of the so-called Semitic family of Afroasiatic languages.
Hebrew is currently spoken by a community of about 10 million people, of whom about 5 million live in the State of Israel, and the rest in the various countries of the Jewish diaspora.
Hebrew was revived as a spoken language by the efforts of a single man, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda (אליעזר בן־יהודה) (1858-1922).
bopedia.com /en/wikipedia/h/hi/history_of_the_hebrew_language.html   (1425 words)

 Hebrew language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hebrew is a Semitic language of the Afro-Asiatic language family spoken by 6 million people mainly in Israel, parts of the Palestinian territories, the United States and by Jewish communities around the world.
While the term "Hebrew" as a nationality is customarily used to refer to the ancient Israelites, the classical Hebrew language was extremely similar to the Canaanite languages spoken by their neighbors, such as Phoenician; indeed, Moabite and Hebrew are often considered to be two dialects of the same language.
Sephardi Hebrew language is the basis of Standard Hebrew and not all that different from it, although traditionally it has had a greater range of phonemes.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Hebrew_language   (3631 words)

 Hebrew languages - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Abrahamic religion believes that there were (at least) four Hebrew nations in Canaan: Ammon, Moab, Edom and Israel, all believed to be direct descendants of the Hebrew patriarch Terah, whose son Abram and grandson Lot (Abram's nephew) settled in Canaan and adapted to the local language of the Canaanites.
The language was Akkadian, the predominating language of the Chaldees.
The language was one of the extinct Hurro-Urartian languages, a non-Semitic language family based in eastern Anatolia.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/History_of_the_Hebrew_language   (480 words)

 History of the Hebrew Language by David Steinberg
History of Hebrew from its pre-history to the present
This tended to be a rapidly developing language very open to foreign influences as we would expect for a language of a sea-faring people.
and Hebrew the figure is about 79 percent.” Thus it not infrequently occurs that a root or word may be common in say Aramaic, while it may occur only once or twice in Hebrew.
www.adath-shalom.ca /history_of_hebrew.htm   (1413 words)

 The Chosen Language of a Chosen People; A History of the Hebrew Language
Indeed, the stages in history of the language--Biblical Hebrew, Mishnaic Hebrew, Medieval Hebrew, and Modern Hebrew--follow the pattern of prophecy regarding the House of Israel: the language would enjoy a period of greatness, then be scattered and taken into captivity, and left as a remnant to come forth and blossom as the rose.
Hebrew, in this Medieval period, wielded a sort of silent power; though not commonly spoken, it was renewed as a medium of literary expression during this Golden Age of thought.
The goal of this Language Committee was to "unify and regulate the pronunciation, grammar, and spelling of Hebrew, as well as to shape a mechanism for the coining of new words, terms and idioms" (Weinberg 40).
linguistics.byu.edu /classes/ling450ch/reports/hebrew.html   (3859 words)

 History of the Hebrew language
The Hebrew language is a language belonging to the North-Central branch of the Semitic family of languages.
Less ancient samples of Old Hebrew include the tablets found near Lakhish and the famous Shiloah inscription which describe events preceding the final capture of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonian captivity of 586 BC.
Hebrew was revived as a spoken language by the efforts of a single man, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda (1858-1922).
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 CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Hebrew Language and Literature
Hebrew was the language spoken by the ancient Israelites, and in which were composed nearly all of the books of the Old Testament.
Hebrew belongs to the great Semitic family of languages, the geographical location of which is principally in South-Western Asia, extending from the Mediterranean to the mountains east of the valley of the Euphrates, and from the mountains of Armenia on the north to the southern extremity of the Arabian Peninsula.
In fact, it is claimed by some that the Hebrew of the Old Testament betrays evidences of as great a disintegration and departure from its assumed typical perfection as does the vulgar Arabic of to-day from the classical idiom of the golden literary age of Islam.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/07176a.htm   (5329 words)

 Hebrew, some history!
Hebrew is one of the world's oldest languages, spoken and written today in much the same way as it was more than two thousand years ago.
In the post biblical period Hebrew gradually gave way to Aramaic as the spoken language, but continued throughout the centuries to serve as the language of ritual and prayer.
Hebrew gradually came into use among the Jewish settlers in Palestine and became the official language of the State of Israel when that nation was created in 1948.
www.morim.com /hebrew_us.htm   (549 words)

 Amazon.com: Books: In the Beginning: A Short History of the Hebrew Language   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
Hebrew as a language is just over 3,000 years old, and the story of its alphabet is unique among the languages of the world.
Hebrew set the stage for almost every modern alphabet, and was arguably the first written language simple enough for everyone, not just scribes, to learn, making it possible to make a written record available to the masses for the first time.
Hebrew, modern and ancient, has a beautiful alphabet with an ever-renewing significance that is centered on the Torah and the state of Israel.
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 History of the Hebrew Language
This 11-volume series surveys various phases in the development of the Hebrew language spanning about 3,200 years, since its beginnings in the second millennium BC to the contemporary language spoken today.
Each volume was written by an expert on the language of the specific period.
The Medieval Period: These four volumes survey a period of about seventeen centuries during which the Hebrew language served only for literary and liturgical purposes, and was not used for everyday communication.
www-e.openu.ac.il /translations/t-10440.htm   (298 words)

 Hebrew language
Hebrew was the language of the Jewish people in biblical times, and most of the Old Testament was written in Hebrew.
Grammatically, Hebrew is typical of the Semitic tongues in that so many words have a triconsonantal root consisting of three consonants separated by vowels.
The earliest alphabet used for Hebrew belongs to the Canaanite branch of the North Semitic writing and is known as Early Hebrew.
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Brought into being by legislation in 1953 as the supreme institute for the Hebrew Language, the Academy of the Hebrew Language prescribes standards for modern Hebrew grammar, orthography, transliteration, and punctuation based upon the study of Hebrew’s historical development.
The Academy’s plenum consists of 23 members and an additional 15 academic advisors, all outstanding scholars from the disciplines of languages, linguistics, Judaic studies, and Bible.
The scientific secretariat answers queries from the public on a broad variety of Hebrew linguistic matters ranging from pronunciation and spelling to suggestions for Hebrew children names.
hebrew-academy.huji.ac.il /english.html   (263 words)

 A Brief History of the Hebrew Language
Disclaimer: This page provides a rudimentary overview of the history of the Hebrew script and is by no means intended to replace careful study of paleolinguists and other specialists in the field of ancient writing systems.
At the end of the 6th century BC ketav Ivri was replaced by the Hebrew square script (ketav meruba).
Eliezar Ben Yehuda (1858-1922) led the rebirth of Hebrew as a spoken language.
www.hebrew4christians.com /Grammar/Unit_One/History/history.html   (1145 words)

 Hebrew Studies Bookstore - Language and Culture
As the Hebrews culture and philosophy is very different from our own, these books will open their world to us allowing us to view the Bible through their eyes.
Contained within the texts of the Hebrew Bible are many customs and traditions of the Hebrews that cannot be understood through the text alone.
A History of the Hebrew Language: A History of the Hebrew Language is a comprehensive description of Hebrew from its Semitic origins and the earliest settlement of the Israelite tribes in Canaan to the present day.
www.ancient-hebrew.org /hebrewstudies/language.html   (1306 words)

 Jewish Language Research Website: Researchers
Quintana, Aldina: Israel; Judezmo, Ladino and Hakitia, Ibero-Romance languages
Saénz-Badillos, Angel: Spain; Sephardic culture (Sephardic Hebrew), history of the Hebrew language, medieval Hebrew poetry and philology in Spain
Zuckermann, Ghil`ad: Australia; language, culture and identity, language contact, historical linguistics, contact lexicology, linguistic genetics, hybridity and evolution, Israeli language, society and religion, language revival (e.g.
www.jewish-languages.org /researchers.html   (2058 words)

 Amazon.com: Books: The Power of Babel : A Natural History of Language   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
Thereafter political consolidation of nation-states based on a "common language", together with literacy in vernaculars presenting schoolchildren with models of proper use of "the" language frozen onto the printed page, slowed the pace of linguistic change to a fraction of its natural rate.
Yes, those languages are quite close as well as they are close enough to Polish, Serbian and Belarusian but they are far enough to prevent one from good understanding when the other language speaker speaks fast.
One interesting case of language evolution is that the grammar of modern English is descended directly from one sub-family of languages, Germanic, but 99% of the vocabulary has been borrowed from a different sub-family, the Romance languages.
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 Amazon.ca: Books: A History of the Hebrew Language   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
A History of the Hebrew Language is a comprehensive description of Hebrew from its Semitic origins and the earliest settlement of the Israelite tribes in Canaan to the present day.
Professor Sáenz-Badillos sets Hebrew in the context of the Northwest Semitic languages and examines the origins of Hebrew and its earliest manifestations in ancient Biblical poetry, inscriptions, and prose written before the Babylonian exile.
the subject matter is rather arcane - the changes in pronunciation and usage throughout the history of the language.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/0521556341   (786 words)

 Amazon.ca: Books: A History of the Hebrew Language   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
Sáenz-Badillos has produced a scholarlytour de force that is as much a history of the study of the Hebrew language as it is a history of the language itself." Shofar
This is an excellent introduction into the internal linguistic history of the Hebrew language.
Even mastery of the Hebrew alphabet is not strictly necessary to use the work because all citations in Hebrew are accompanied by transliterations into the phonetic alphabet.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/0521431573   (856 words)

 Hebrew College — Inclusive Jewish Education
Expanding access to advanced Jewish education, Hebrew College offers master's degrees in Jewish studies and Jewish education, rabbinical ordination in a transdenominational setting, and a unique Cantor-Educator Program that combines a Master of Jewish Education with cantorial ordination.
Hebrew College is also home to the Boston chapter of the American Jewish Historical Society.
Through the study of Jewish religion, culture, civilization and Hebrew language, Hebrew College is committed to educating students of all ages and backgrounds to become knowledgeable, creative participants, educators and leaders in the Jewish community and the larger world.
www.hebrewcollege.edu   (302 words)

 Publisher description for Library of Congress control number 95018821   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
Although Hebrew is an 'oriental' language, it is nonetheless closely associated with Western culture as the language of the Bible and was used in writing by the Jews of Europe throughout the Middle Ages.
Professor Angel Saenz-Badillos sets Hebrew in the context of the Northwest Semitic languages and examines the origins of Hebrew and its earliest manifestations in ancient biblical poetry, inscriptions, and prose written before the Babylonian exile.
His survey concludes with the revival of the language this century in the form of Israeli Hebrew.
www.loc.gov /catdir/description/cam027/95018821.html   (237 words)

 Judaism 101: Words Table of Contents
An introduction to the concept of root words in the Hebrew language and the structure of Hebrew words.
Yiddish was the international language of Jews from Central and Eastern Europe until the middle of the 20th century.
Learn about the history of the Yiddish language, as well as its alphabet, literature, theater and music.
www.jewfaq.org /tocwords.htm   (225 words)

 Hebrew Incunabula, Hebraica, and Manuscripts
More than a thousand years of written history are to be found within the library's three hundred seventy-five thousand volumes, eleven thousand Hebrew manuscripts, thirty thousand rare books, forty thousand Genizah fragments and thousands of rare documents and prints.
The strict interpretation of the Old Testament prohibition against graven images precluded the use of illustration in many Hebrew and Islamic religious texts, but commentaries, secular and mystical texts were often illustrated with decorative and not representational pictures or diagrams as is this manuscript.
The Library is particularly strong in the fields of Rabbinics, Bible, Jewish history, Jewish philosophy, and Hebrew language.
www.uottawa.ca /~weinberg/hebraica.html   (2981 words)

 Domes: A History of the Hebrew Language@ HighBeam Research   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
It is with great pleasure that scholars and students of Hebrew should welcome the appearance of Angel Saenz-Badillos' A History of the Hebrew Language.
The work, originally published in Spanish as Historia de la lengua hebrea, now makes accessible to a larger audience the most complete history of the Hebrew language to date.
Either they limit their discussion to shorter periods, as is the case with M. Hadas-Lebel's Historie de la langue hebraique, des origines a...
highbeam.com /library/doc0.asp?DOCID=1P1:2313995&...   (175 words)

 Hebrew Language Software,Hebrew Encyclopedia Software,Islamic Encyclopedia software   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
We also supply Dagesh word processing software, foreign language keyboards, Hebrew language fonts, machine translation software, spell checkers, Hebrew language handheld devices/PDAs, language learning software, foreign OEM software.
Documents are cross-referenced and linked to each other, creating a very convenient and powerful research tool for the user.
Also, there are four different English Translations for the meaning of the Holy Quran, and a transliteration of the Hebrew pronounciation of the Holy Quran verses.
www.hebrew-software.com /hebrew-encyclopedia-2003.html   (264 words)

 Psyche's Links: 15000++ Links to Esoteric Subjects on the Web: Hebrew Resources: Alef-Bet, Hebrew Grammar, Hebrew ...
Morsels of Hebrew Grammar: A Resh with a Dagesh!
The History of the Ancient Near East: The Hebrews
Hebrew History Federation: technological and artistic contributions Jews have made to civilization
www.psyche.com /psyche/links/hebrew_resources.html   (1413 words)

 Internet Ancient History Sourcebook: Main Page
Unlike the Medieval and Modern History Sourcebooks, this section of the project did not involve much scanning of new material to begin with.
The Ancient History Sourcebook also includes links to visual and aural material, since art and archeology are far more important for the periods in question than for later history.
No representation is made about the copyright status of offsite links: note that for the Ancient History Sourcebook, unlike the Medieval Sourcebook and Modern History Sourcebook, many texts are offsite.
www.fordham.edu /halsall/ancient/asbook.html   (957 words)

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