[b-hebrew] hebrew is dead?

Jack Kilmon jkilmon at historian.net
Tue Dec 28 22:50:53 EST 2010


Fred:

I am going to continue to call you out on this repeated over and over false 
red herring that Hebrew "died" or anyone claimed that it died out.

Jack Kilmon

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From: "fred burlingame" <tensorpath at gmail.com>
Sent: Tuesday, December 28, 2010 2:25 PM
To: <yodan at yodanco.com>
Cc: <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] hebrew is dead?

> more bad news for the purveyors of the two great languages, aramaic in the
> east and greek in the west, circa 10 a.d.
>
> profound consequences attach to the best selling book of all time, given
> the failure of biblical hebrew language to die and receive a nice funeral
> & burial circa 400 - 100 b.c.
>
> regards,
> fred burlingame
>
>
> On Tue, Dec 28, 2010 at 11:41 AM, Yodan <yodan at yodanco.com> wrote:
>
>> In addition to what Nir Cohen wrote, with which I agree, and there is
>> evidence - and books about this topic - that support the argument
>> (actually,
>> fact) that Hebrew never ceased to be used in prayer, writing, and 
>> speaking,
>> I'd like to add:
>>
>> Modern Hebrew evolved from a previous form of Hebrew, which evolved from 
>> a
>> previous form of Hebrew, etc., etc. until we get to the form of Hebrew 
>> that
>> EVOLVED form Biblical Hebrew. It cannot be a coincidence that there is so
>> much similarity between Biblical and modern Hebrew, so much so that 
>> Israeli
>> Hebrew speakers/readers can read the Biblical text and understand a
>> substantial % of the words and their context, as well as the verses and 
>> the
>> meaning of the text.
>>
>> I don't know the % and it differs between the different Biblical 
>> sections,
>> some of which also depends not only on Hebrew knowledge but on
>> understanding
>> the historical context of a particular section. In any event, my belief 
>> is
>> that it's substantial!
>>
>> I'm an Israeli (raised and educated in Israel, including graduate school
>> (in
>> science, not in Hebrew language or literature etc.), who has lived in the
>> U.S. for some years and I can read everything in the Tanakh and 
>> understand
>> a
>> large number of words - at least 80% - in their context and also much of
>> the
>> context, the level of which depends on the sections.
>>
>> If modern Hebrew evolved from Biblical Hebrew, the latter cannot be 
>> dead -
>> nothing can evolve from something dead!
>>
>> ERGO, Biblical Hebrew hasn't really died, it evolved.
>>
>> Rivka Sherman-Gold
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: b-hebrew-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
>> [mailto:b-hebrew-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of fred burlingame
>> Sent: Tuesday, December 28, 2010 9:23 AM
>> To: Nir cohen - Prof. Mat.
>> Cc: b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org
>> Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] hebrew is dead?
>>
>> this is not good news.
>>
>> for the announced purpose of the latter 1/3 of this document included an
>> existential debate with your minority of hebrew scholars below about 
>> their
>> biblical hebrew language scrolls. And such debate, framed in the context 
>> of
>> the great language of the west (greek) or the great language of the east
>> (aramaic) at that time ..... would have likely been met with laughter.
>> http://www.codexsinaiticus.org/en/codex/default.aspx
>>
>> Clearly, the death, nice funeral and pleasant burial of the biblical 
>> hebrew
>> language, well before that time ... represents a much more palatable
>> version
>> of history.
>>
>> regards,
>>
>> fred burlingame
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
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