Re: [Fwd: Hebrew and Greek as languages]

From: Dean & Laura Van Druff (
Date: Sat Apr 11 1998 - 01:49:37 EDT

This was so cool. Your "Attachment" opened up as a Eudora mailbox with all these scholarly responses in it. This was a first.

Jim West missed my point entirely, or else made a typo mixing up Greek and Hebrew the opposite from the point I was asserting.

But otherwise, it appears that my point of Hebrew being "fixed" may have been a bit more than a "slight exaggeration"... as it seems several others are saying. It does, now, occur to me that (with what little I know) many words in Hebrew were "scavenged" from other languages as well. At least that what my lexicons keep telling me.

As per Cindy's point, certainly the Jews I know are as likely to pick up slang and form dialects as anyone else, but still it seems they keep a special place set aside for "holy" Hebrew.

When I was writing what I did, I had in mind my friend and Hebrew teacher Rob Alent, who at the shrine of the book in Jerusalem walked up to the Isaiah scroll (facsimile, actually) and began reading it. He tripped a bit, but was shocked to find a 2100 year old document intelligible.

Got to go, thanks for the feedback!

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     saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and
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Dean & Laura Van Druff

Acts 17-11 Bible Studies

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