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A Semitic language spoken by the Hebrew people from the late second millennium bc until the second century ad. The written language of the standard edition of the Old Testament, which was preserved by the Masoretes.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
HEBREW LANGUAGE Language of the Jewish people. The name Hebrew is not applied by the OT to its own language, although the NT does use the name that way. In the OT, “Hebrew” means the individual or people who used the language. The language itself is called “the language of Canaan” (Is 19:18, nlt mg)
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Hebrew language, the tongue spoken by the ancient Israelites and the language in which the Jewish scriptures, also known as the Christian ot, are written. Ironically, the Hebrew scriptures themselves do not make reference to the “Hebrew language.” There is a reference to the “language of Canaan” in Isa.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
HEBREW LANGUAGE. In the NT the term “Hebrew” is applied to language, but in the OT it is only an ethnic designation. The Hebrews are referred to as speaking “the language of Canaan” (Isa 19:18) or else “the Jews’ language” (Neh 13:24). Actually, Heb. was a dialect of the Canaanites, acquired by Abraham
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Hebrew, BiblicalHebrew belongs to the Semitic family of languages, a subgroup of the larger Afro-asiatic family which includes Egyptian, Berber, and the more modern Cushitic, Omotic, and Chadic (e.g., Hausa) groupings. The Semitic family, attested as early as the 3rd millennium b.c.e. (e.g., Akkadian),
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
HEBREW (LANGUAGE).† The language of the Hebrew people, and the primary language of the Old Testament. A Northwest Semitic language and a dialect of Canaanite, it is called in the Old Testament the “language (lit. lip) of Canaan” (Heb. śep̱aṯ kena˓an; Isa. 19:18) or “Judahite” (yehûḏîṯ RSV
Catholic Bible Dictionary
HEBREW LANGUAGE The language spoken by the ancient Israelites and the language in which most of the books of the Old Testament were composed. Hebrew is a dialect belonging to the Canaanite family of languages that were part of the northwestern Semitic language group (which included Aramaic, Ugaritic,
Dictionary of New Testament Background
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
He´brew language. The books of the Old Testament are written almost entirely in the Hebrew language. It is a branch of the Shemitic language, one of the three great divisions into which all languages have been reduced. It is one of the earliest of known languages, and some suppose that it was the original
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
HE´BREW LANGUAGE. The language of the Hebrews and of the OT Scriptures, with the exception of a few chapters written in Aram. It is not called Heb. anywhere in Scripture, but this is not surprising when we remember how rarely that name is employed to designate the Israelites. It is called “the language