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There is no evidence that classical Hebrew was ever used in China as a living language. It has, however, been used as a liturgical language among Jewish communities in China. In addition, Judeo-Persian documents, written in the Hebrew script, have been found along the Silk Road, evidence of Jewish merchants travelling to China.

The earliest written sources that mention Jews in China are in Arabic (Lesli…

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Chen, Yiyi, “China”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 01 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000177>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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