Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Biblical Hebrew fun facts

Some interesting info about Lashon ha-qodesh/ Biblical Hebrew I came across:
  • Tanakh uses about 8,000 different Hebrew words
  • 2,000 of them appear only once
  • the estimated available Hebrew vocabulary for our Biblical ancestors is 30-40,000 words
  • Mishnaic Hebrew uses words that were likely used in the Biblical period, but aren't in Tanakh. The word "mash-chezet", a "grinding stone", appears in the Mishna (source anyone?) and is found in the very ancient Tel-Amarna letters which were written in Akkadian.

An earlier post that touched on this.

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