From cave to computer: Dead Sea Scrolls go online

Oct 6, 2011 by

From cutting-edge brand names let’s hop back to the subject of old manuscripts. Very old manuscripts, this time. But it is cutting-edge technology that now makes them available for study to anyone with a computer and an...

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Modern Hebrew: old or new? (Part 4: Conclusion)

May 23, 2011 by

In a recent series of postings, I have considered the question of whether Modern Hebrew is a modified, modernized version of the “old”, Biblical Hebrew, or a newly constructed language based more on such Indo-European...

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Modern Hebrew: old or new? (Part 3)

May 20, 2011 by

In the previous posting, I discussed word order patterns in Modern Hebrew and suggested that while the influence of the revivalists’ native tongues — Russian, Yiddish, Polish — cannot be denied, Modern Hebrew seems...

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Modern Hebrew: old or new? (Part 2)

May 20, 2011 by

As mentioned in the previous posting, in Ben-Yehuda’s own time many perceived his “revived” form of Hebrew as a modernized version of the old language, Biblical Hebrew. Some liked the continuity and viewed the...

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Modern Hebrew: old or new?

May 19, 2011 by

According to the official story, Hebrew has been “revived” in the late 19th century and early 20th century until it once again became the national language of Israel. But some scholars — such as Paul Wexler and...

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Silent no more

Nov 2, 2010 by

Isn’t it fun to listen to recordings of unfamiliar tongues? But I especially like hearing the sounds of languages long dead. More and more such recordings surface on the internet and most of them are of older forms of English...

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