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Did Indians know Hebrew?

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January 27, 2013 1:04AM

If you are talking about Native Americans, then the answer is that prior to contact with Europeans, they did not know Hebrew. After contact, it was unlikely that any Native American even met a Hebrew speaker until at least the 19th Century.

(Today there are some Native Americans who know Hebrew, including my husband.)

If you are talking about India in Asia, Jews first came to India around 500 CE. Jews who lived in India were able to read and pray in Hebrew, but spoke Indian languages in daily communication.