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THE REVIVAL OF THE HEBREW LANGUAGE



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THE REVIVAL OF THE HEBREW LANGUAGE


Many people readily concede that Hebrew, Greek, and Latin are dead languages. But according to the report of the Jewish Chronicle in Chicago, Hebrew is still alive and useful. The Palestine Weekly said that there were many sceptics who have declared that the Hebrew language is dead and is useless to the modernists, in the same way that ancient Greek and Latin are useless. But there is a group of people living in Palestine now whose daily language is nothing but Hebrew. The reason this ancient language can catch up with time and become a modern language is that it has a self-reviving ability and that there are constant additions to its vocabulary. During the past ten years the Hebrew language has added more than a few thousand new words. These new words are found in all the major dictionaries of various languages. The reason the Hebrew vocabulary can encompass such a wide scope is probably due to the influence of the English-Hebrew Dictionary compiled by Dr. Waldstein. This dictionary contains over twenty thousand common and special words and their equivalents in English and other languages.



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