[b-hebrew] When did Hebrew cease to be a commonly spoken language?
deborahmillier at yahoo.com
Fri Jun 13 11:28:58 EDT 2003
On the "Are peh, law and kaf aspirated in Biblical
Hebrew" thread, K. Randolph made this passing comment:
> I personally believe that the Hebrew
> language, after the Galut Babel,
> pretty much died as an everyday
> spoken language and was under
> pressure to change from Aramaic and
> later Greek, and it did.
While acknowledging that there came more concentrated
Aramaic and Greek influences after the GALUT BAVEL,
the evidence is pretty convincing that Hebrew remained
an "everyday spoken language" in Judea and even among
AM HA-ARETZ in Galilee until, maybe, the 2nd century
C.E. So why do you believe as you do?
-- Michael Millier
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