(2) The Language.
Hebrew is a Semitic language, and is linked to Aramaic and
to Akkadian (Babylonian). It is probable that an earlier form
of Hebrew was the language spoken by Adam and his descendants.
In the time of king Hezekiah the majority of the Jewish inhabitants
would not have understood the Aramaic language spoken by the
Assyrian army outside the walls when Jerusalem was besieged
(see 2 Kings 18:17-26).
From that time, within Israel the use of Hebrew declined,
particularly in the north (Galilee), and Aramaic was commonly
in use by all except the priesthood and scholars. Legal documents
in Hebrew were found in the Qumran caves, together with coins
from the time of the Bar Kochbar rebellion of 135 AD, inscribed
in Hebrew. Greek as the language of the educated people took
the place of Hebrew as a succession of invaders moved into
their land (see Acts 21:37-39).
Strong efforts were made by Jewish religious leaders to maintain
the purity of the Hebrew language, and the synagogues throughout
the world became centres for the study and preservation of
the Hebrew language, and remain so to this day. Hebrew is
now the official language of the nation of Israel.
1. the Sky
2. God's Home
Heavens and Earth
The "third heaven"
1. The People
2. The Language
3. The Letter
1. Holy Spirit in creation
2. Holy Spirit inspires God's
3. Jesus was born by the power
of the Holy Spirit
4. Jesus was filled with the
5. The Holy Spirit given to
6. The Holy Spirit with the
1. A building in which people
2. A 'household' or family
3. The dwelling of the believer