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18). Even some of the prosaic parts of the Bible possess a distinct poetic metre and rhythm. One need only recall the majestic prose of the first chapter of Genesis, the Creation poem; or the touching reply of Ruth to Naomi’s pleas that she return to << Chapter >> 48 Home | TOC | Index Hebrew: The Eternal Language Moab. Even in the translation much of the elegance of the original rhythmic swing is retained: . . “for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge; thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God .

Similarly, many Hebrew idioms have infiltrated, in translated forms, into the various Jewish dialects, such as Yiddish and Ladino (a Judaeo-Spanish dialect), and have persisted there to this day. In modern times the vitality and adaptability of the Hebrew language have been demonstrated to a remarkable degree, as a spoken language in Israel, and in many Jewish communities outside of Israel. d. Ugaritic. A vast and significant literature has been << Chapter >> Home | TOC | Index Hebrew and the Languages of Mankind 27 unearthed since 1930, shedding much light on biblical literature and language, in modern Ras Shamra, on the coast of Syria, opposite Cyprus.

They learned to love it and to regard it as their own. Why then should they be regarded as transients or nomads? They may therefore have modified the term by tacit popular consensus, changing it to a form with a more favorable connotation; namely, ibrim, presumably derived from me-eber ha-nahar, that is, people coming from the other side of the Jordan or Euphrates. 8 Thus, in the Septuagint, the early Greek version of the Bible, the expression Abraham ha-ibri (Genesis 14. ” Distinction between “Hebrew” and “Israel” It is to be noted, however, that the name ibri is employed in the Bible only in a restricted sense.

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