Hebrew (language)Hebrew in the old (Phoenician), square (Aramaic) and modern (print) scripts

Hebrew was the spoken and written language of ancient Israel. It is close to other Canaanite dialects including Phoenician, Moabite, Edomite and Ammonite. These "tongues of Canaan" are close to others in the Northwest Semitic branch of the Semitic language family, in particular Ugaritic and Aramaic. After the exile, under imperial rule, Aramaic became the language of the land.


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