Biblical Hebrew is the language in which most of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament is written. No longer spoken colloquially, it is related to the other Semitic languages (including Modern Hebrew, Aramaic, Arabic, and the Ethiopic languages). Studying Biblical Hebrew is usually an entry-point into two disciplines: studying the languages and literatures of the ancient Near East and entering various confessional professions (e.g., rabbi, priest, or pastor). Study of Biblical Hebrew opens up the horizon of the ancient world and equips students with the basic tools to learn other Semitic languages, read the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible in its original language, and engage more competently with theological and historical literature.
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