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Names of the Hebrew Language
(2,168 words)

The names used to denote the Hebrew language, past and present, can be divided into two main groups: those derived from the Hebrew root עב״ר ʿ-b-r, i.e., ‘Hebrew’ = עברי ʿiḇri, and those which express the sacred, scriptural status of Hebrew as the ancestral ‘Holy Tongue’ = לשון קודש ləšon haq-qodeš.

1. ‘Hebrew’

The term עברית ʿiḇriṯ ~ עברי ʿiḇri ‘Hebrew’ as a linguistic designation does not occur in the Hebrew Bible. The Hebrew language is there referred to either as שְׂפַת כְּנ…

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Hopkins, Simon, “Names of the Hebrew Language”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 20 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000387>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423



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