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Hebrew Language, Judaism and the
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Hebrew, an ancient northwest Semitic language, has served as the principal language of Judaism, even after the Jews ceased to speak it as their everyday language. The Hebrew Scriptures (“Old Testament,” “written Torah”) of ancient Israel were mainly in Hebrew. They were translated into Greek, Aramaic, and other langua…

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Neusner, Jacob, “Hebrew Language, Judaism and the”, in: Encyclopaedia of Judaism. Consulted online on 19 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-9029_EJ_COM_0072>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004141001, 20040701



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