OFF TOPIC Modern Hebrew question

Dave Washburn dwashbur at
Sat May 18 13:14:14 EDT 2002

I get the feeling this discussion is getting out of hand, at least in 
some quarters.  That said, I have to go with Jim West on this one.  I 
do read some Modern Hebrew, but I don't speak it because there's 
nobody around here to talk to.  For reading some of the secondary 
literature, yes, it can be an asset.  For exegesis, no way.  I believe it 
was William Chomsky who said that Modern Hebrew is more an 
Indo-European language than a Semitic one, especially in terms of 
syntax.  That's not going to be much help in sorting out the 
mysteries of Biblical Hebrew.  
Dave Washburn
You know you're a lousy artist when you can't
draw a straight line on an Etch-a-Sketch.

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