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.
On the Main Line, now with tags: Hebrew