https://www.duolingo.com/Guitardude2000

For those asking about Modern-Biblical Hebrew Intelligibility

Since the Hebrew course was released, several people have been asking if Modern and Biblical Hebrew are mutually intelligible.

Short Answer: Yes, to a certain degree.

Long Answer: http://langfocus.com/language-features/how-different-are-modern-hebrew-and-biblical-hebrew/

Hopefully this short article will help everyone understand the differences.

June 29, 2016

7 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/GaryLaRowe

Thanks Gudu - this is very interesting!

June 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Guitardude2000

בבקשה!

June 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/inbarggg

Fantastic!

June 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Laodamia

If I may add a bit of self promotion, here is a concise answer about it on Quora https://www.quora.com/How-similar-are-Biblical-Hebrew-and-Modern-Hebrew/answer/Marta-Krzeminska

February 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Neshariym

On the website I linked below, there is a free dictionary being written that lists all of the Modern Hebrew words that are not in the Bible. It can be helpful if you are reading Modern Hebrew and are curious if a word is in the Bible. It is not complete yet but the first official release should be done within a month. The current example version does have hundreds of words listed already. Here is the website: https://learn-hebrew-from-genesis.weebly.com/in-the-works.html

April 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/coolazice

I think a more precise answer would distinguish between mutual intelligibility in oral and written forms. How many modern Hebrew speakers can understand this bit of late-period Classical Hebrew with reconstructed pronunciation?: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/14339528/Sealoflovetiberian.mp3

Fewer than those who could read the text, would be my bet. And that's still hundreds of years closer to our time than what the earliest parts of the Bible would have sounded like.

June 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Guitardude2000

Yes, I'd have to agree. All I understood was ״תפוח״

June 30, 2016
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