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Hebrew
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Hebrew is the language of large parts of the Bible. Its development is to be understood within the context of Jewish plurilingualism. Ancient, medieval, and early modern reflection on and practice of language interpreted it as a sacred language, divine language, and Jewish language in exile. Its more recent history is characterized by a series of radical transformations. In the 18th century, Hebrew took shape as a modern language of the Jewish natio…

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Schatz, Andrea, “Hebrew”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017.. Consulted online on 25 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0302>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20191110



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