[b-hebrew] Hebrew as a spoken language
uhurwitz at yahoo.com
Thu Oct 25 11:48:26 EDT 2007
Not all can agree to your statement:
"The last generation that we can all agree on that learned Biblical
Hebrew at their mothers' knees was the first generation born during
Karl W. Randolph."
Keep in mind just two facts: not all the Northern and Judean
populations were exiled; secondly, the Hebrew the residents spoke
underwent marked changes - under various influences - and became
the "Mishnaic" language. The latter simply could not have been
an artifical invention by scholars, devised only to be written.
True, in the second Temple period and later both Aramaic and
Greek became more and more spoken, but Hebrew was still in use.,
(Cf. the Bar Kokhba letters), though it became rarer.
In fact, the houshold of Yehuda the Prince, the redactor of the
Mishnah, c 200 CE was praised in that "even the maid" spoke
BTW my remarks above are general. I didn't mean to discuss
the date of Daniel.
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