Biblical Hebrew and Modern Hebrew

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What are the differences between Tiberian Hebrew and Modern Hebrew?

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  1. I do not know what “Tiberian” Hebrew is but there are two kinds of Hebrew. There is Biblical Hebrew that is used throughout the Tanach and there is Modern Hebrew that is the national language of the State of Israel. Biblical Hebrew is known as Lashon HaKodesh (lit. The Holy Tongue) and Modern Hebrew is called Ivrit.

    One of the major disagreements that took place between the Sages of one hundred years ago and Eliezer Ben Yehudah, the founder of modern Hebrew, was that Ben Yehudah did exactly what the Sages in Talmudic times would not do – he began to “invent” words either from other similar words or using European sources.

    By the way, the entirety of Tanach is written in Lashon HaKodesh with the exceptions of Daniel, some chapters of Ezra and one verse in Jeremiah (chapter 10 verse 11).

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