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Is Hebrew an extinct language

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No, this is false. The Hebrew language has never been lost. It has been used continuously by Jews for the past 4000 years.
What's true is that up until the 1880's there were no native speakers of Hebrew. from about 200 BCE to about 1890, Hebrew was only spoken as a second language. It was used for prayer, and learning, and was never lost.


The language was revived into a spoken language by Eliezer ben-Yehuda. starting in the 1880s.

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No, there has never been a point in Jewish History where the Hebrew language was lost. It has been in continuous use for at least 4000 years. It ceased to be a spoken language about 2200 years ago, but was always used as a liturgical language. It was revived as a spoken language in the 1880's in the land of Israel.

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No. It is one of two official languages of Israel, with about 6 million speakers. It is considered Israel's national language.

Hebrew went extinct for about 2200 years, in that it had no native speakers during this era. In the 1880s, Hebrew was revived and became a modern spoken language.

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No, this is utterly false.

The Hebrew language has never been lost. It has been used continuously by Jews for thousands of years.


What's true is that up until the 1880's there were no native speakers of Hebrew. from about 200 BCE to about 1890, Hebrew was only spoken as a second language. It has always been used for prayer, and learning, and was never lost.


The language was revived into a spoken language by Eliezer ben-Yehuda. starting in the 1880s.

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