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By Lewis Glinert

ISBN-10: 0691153299

ISBN-13: 9780691153292

ISBN-10: 0691183090

ISBN-13: 9780691183091

A distinct heritage of the Hebrew language from biblical occasions to the trendy Jewish state

This e-book explores the intense carry that Hebrew has had on Jews and Christians, who've invested it with a symbolic strength some distance past that of the other language in background. Preserved by means of the Jews throughout millennia, Hebrew persisted lengthy after it ceased to be a mom tongue, leading to some of the most extreme textual cultures ever recognized. It was once a bridge to Greek and Arab technological know-how. It unlocked the biblical assets for Jerome and the Reformation. Kabbalists and humanists sought philosophical fact in it, and Colonial americans used it to form their very own Israelite political id. this present day, it's the first language of hundreds of thousands of Israelis.

The tale of Hebrew takes readers from the hole verses of Genesis—which likely describe the construction of Hebrew itself—to the reincarnation of Hebrew because the daily language of the Jewish nation. Lewis Glinert explains the makes use of and meanings of Hebrew in historic Israel and its position as a medium for knowledge and prayer. He describes the early rabbis' protection of Hebrew following the Babylonian exile, the demanding situations posed via Arabic, and the prolific use of Hebrew in Diaspora artwork, spirituality, and technology. Glinert appears on the conflicted dating Christians had with Hebrew from the Renaissance to the Counter-Reformation, the language's deadly contention with Yiddish, the dreamers and schemers that made smooth Hebrew a fact, and the way a misplaced pre-Holocaust textual ethos is being renewed this present day through Orthodox Jews.

A significant paintings of scholarship, The tale of Hebrew is an unforgettable account of what one language has intended to these owning it.

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