OFF TOPIC Modern Hebrew question

Peter Kirk Peter_Kirk at
Fri May 17 12:37:25 EDT 2002

No, but it is normal for other ancient languages e.g. Latin (without
modern Romance languages), Greek, Aramaic, Egyptian (without Coptic),
Sanskrit. That's not to say it's desirable...

Peter Kirk

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Trevor Peterson [mailto:06PETERSON at]
> Sent: 17 May 2002 16:17
> To: Biblical Hebrew
> Subject: RE: OFF TOPIC Modern Hebrew question
> I agree with the contention, but another angle on the issue is, who
> teach Shakespeare without being able at least to read Modern English,
> to
> converse in it? I don't know, because I've never gone through such a
> program,
> but I wonder whether it is normal for someone to teach older stages
> say,
> German, French, or English without knowing the modern form of the
> language?
> Trevor Peterson
> CUA/Semitics

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