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19.07.2017 (151 Days Ago)
United States, New York
Title Hebrew: A Holy Language?
Place nameCenter for Jewish History
Date start19.07.2017 10:13 (152 Days Ago)
Date end10.08.2017 10:13 (130 Days Ago)

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Thursday, August 3, 6:30 pm
Hebrew: A Holy Language?

Hebrew: A Holy Language?

Although the Bible itself says very little about it, Jewish and Christian traditions commonly regard Hebrew as the language of creation, the language of primitive humanity and, ultimately, the language of God. Is there any evidence to support such views? Scholars today understand Hebrew to be a North-West Semitic language closely related to Moabite and Phoenician. It entered the record of history late in the day. Nevertheless, the notion of Hebrew as a holy language cannot be completely rejected.

In this lecture, Jan Joosten, Regius Professor of Hebrew at the University of Oxford, will argue that, although Hebrew did not start out as a holy tongue, over time it really did become one. Join us to learn the story of this fascinating development from one of the world’s leading authorities on the Hebrew language and the Bible.

This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition 500 Years of Treasures from Oxford presented by Corpus Christi College, the Center for Jewish History, and Yeshiva University Museum. For more information on the exhibition, please visit

Image: Copyright © Oxford University Images / Bodleian Library -- All rights reserved

Presented by Center for Jewish History; Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford; University of Oxford North American Office; Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford; Yeshiva University Museum > Free; reservations required

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