HEBREW vs Hebrew

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  1. Phillip

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    Hebrew scholars please help me. I know all of you hang out here so I feel this is an appropriate place to post this question.

    Please correct me if I am wrong:

    Modern Hebrew is a language manufactured or revived by a modern scholar sometime in the 19th century or thereabout, correct?

    It was based on ancient Hebrew, but with modernization, correct?

    Just exactly how much does modern Hebrew REALLY vary from ancient Hebrew found in (for instance) the MT or the CT?

    Let me further define this--can a modern Israeli read ancient Hebrew at all, and if he can, can he understand it reasonably? Just how well can he understand it? What are the big differences?

    If a person learns ancient Hebrew, can he read modern Hebrew and understand it? If so, how well?

    Please be as specific as you can.

    thanks :confused:
     
  2. Deacon

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    I'm no scholar, (just a beginner) but here is a good general article explaining the answer well, probably in more detail that you're looking for: HEBREW LANGUAGE

    The vocabulary of Biblical Hebrew is small.
    Once you get past the strange letters, the language is relatively simple as far as foriegn language studies go.

    Rob
     
  3. Charles Meadows

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  4. Phillip

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    Thank you for those links. VERY interesting.
     
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    The Hebrew I read in the Jerusalem newspapers was the same as biblical Hebrew. What united Jews around the world into founding/support of Israel was the common language.
     
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    Didn't modern Hebrew incorporate some of the endings and verb forms of Mishnaic Hebrew?
     
  7. Phillip

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    I assume that you are talking about the langauge in general and that new words have been added; but in context it was probably easy to understand. Would this be a correct statement?
     
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    Phillip,

    Hebrew as a language died about the time of the exile.

    When the Jews came back (just in time for Christ) Aramaic was the more dominant language ... kind of like our KJV and modern english (I am being simplistic).

    At that time Greek was a co-dominant language. The Septuagint was used at times even more than what we now call the MT.

    Over the centuries there were 3 major grammatical revisions of the MT and the usage of VOWEL points.

    About 1880 Began the more modern era with Ben Yehuda ...

    Short answer ... more is at:

    Hebrew web page
     

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