Hebrew (עִבְרִית, ‘Ivrit) is a timeless Semitic language of the Afro-Asiatic language family. Hebrew in its modern form is spoken by more than seven million people in Israel, while Classical Hebrew has been used for prayer or study in Jewish communities around the world for over two millennia. It is one of the official languages of Israel, along with Arabic. Ancient Hebrew is also the liturgical tongue of the Samaritans, while modern Hebrew or Palestinian Arabic is their vernacular, though today about 700 Samaritans remain. As a foreign language, it is studied mostly by Jews and students of Judaism and Israel, archaeologists and linguists specializing in the Middle East and its civilizations, by theologians, and in Christian seminaries.
The modern word “Hebrew” is derived from the word “ivri” which in turn may be based upon the root “`avar” (עבר) meaning “to cross over”. The related name Ever occurs in Genesis 10:21 and possibly means “the one who traverses”. In the Bible “Hebrew” is called Yehudith (יהודית) because Judah (Yehuda) was the surviving kingdom at the time of the quotation, late 8th century BCE (Is 36, 2 Kings 18). In Isaiah 19:18, it is also called the “Language of Canaan” (שְׂפַת כְּנַעַן). The core of the Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible) is written in Classical Hebrew, and much of its present form is specifically the dialect of Biblical Hebrew that scholars believe flourished around the 6th century BCE, around the time of the Babylonian exile. For this reason, Hebrew has been referred to by Jews as Leshon HaKodesh (לשון הקודש), “The Language of the Sacred”, since ancient times.
According to Ethnologue, the currently spoken dialects of Hebrew are “Standard Hebrew (Modern Israeli Hebrew)”, Sephardi Hebrew, Oriental Hebrew or Mizrahi Hebrew and Yemenite Hebrew”. These refer to two varieties used for actual communication by native speakers in Israel; they differ mainly in pronunciation, and hardly in any other way.
BlueGlobe International provides great value tattoo translations using a wide range of experienced multilingual native Hebrew translators. They all live in Hebrew speaking countries such as:
Our Hebrew tattoo translation teams are professional linguists who have studied and achieved qualifications in translating from other languages into Hebrew.
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