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Hebrew And Maintaining Its Roots In Modern Times


Today the modern generation can neither be described as Jewish or Christian for that matter. For instance, there are Christians in different parts of the world whose ancestors were of the Spanish Jews. Many who search for their roots often find this out. If you follow what Jesus did, he followed and kept the faith and belief of the Jewish or Hebrew faith as well. Hence, if one truly wants to follow Christianity that remains true to its roots, it would be hypocritical to not accept the writings of the philosophy of Torah. There are many who have discovered or been influenced by the true roots of Christianity and have dedicated themselves to understanding the religious scriptures like a Torah. Many have become popular figures of Hebrew roots and similar communities that are present in different parts of the world. For instance, I know a friend who works for http://www.ridofitvancouver.ca and he has created a group that encourages followers to explore all aspects of their faith.


The movement of the Hebrew roots can be described as an awakening across the world where people are becoming more aware of where Christianity originated from; some of whom are orthodox or conservative Jews. Such people are known to celebrate or observe their religious traditions like Passover, Sabbath, keeping kosher, speak Hebrew and wear the stars of David. Many even go through circumcision, have beards and so forth. Many are passionate about the religious center that is Israel, have visited the country several times and many feel that by living such a lifestyle they get closer to their Messiah, Yeshua which was Jesus’s Hebrew name.

The Hebrew roots have become a definite movement, but it is different from the movement promoted by the Jews. The community has spread its roots through the online sources and forums. There are thousands of followers of this movement through its online presence. There is much discussion of the Hebrew or Aramaic texts. It has helped to make the traditional scriptures and texts become accessible to the people and to a better understanding of the roots of the Christian faith.


Features Of Hebrew The Jewish Language


It is considered a Semitic language whose roots can be traced back to the Afro-Asian family. The ancient origins of the language can be traced to Canaanite language which was spoken back in the 4th century CE. It then gained popularity as it became the literary language to be used in the Jewish faith, especially as the language used for writing the Hebrew bible. It is a spoken language that is part of Jewish communities across the world and is a language widely spoken in Israel. There are about fifteen million speakers for whom Hebrew is a native language.


The language contains different dialects and there are versions that are spoken in different areas of Palestine in ancient times that collectively form the classical Hebrew version. Later on, it came to acquire a specialized stream called Biblical Hebrew; this was spoken around the first century CE. The Mishnaic version existed till the 4th century CE. A literary language was Amoraic that coexisted around the same time and these forms were often classed together to form the Rabbinic Hebrew. Around the third and 5th century the rabbinic commentaries were made in this dialect. Towards the Medieval era, there arose several regional dialects. Important ones were Masoretic and Tiberian which also found references in Biblical Hebrew.

Before Hebrew became popular as a spoken language, its use was more rampant in the religious practices of the Jewish community. The Biblical form was most pronounced at such a time. The communities in eastern and central Europe developed a dialect of the language known as Ashkenazi Hebrew. A similar dialect known as Sephardi Hebrew came to be used in Israel and spread to areas like Iberian Peninsula. Oriental Hebrew, also known as Mizrahi, became popular as a dialect used by Jewish communities in the Middle East.

As a secular language, Hebrew saw several works done in the language around the middle part of the 19th century. At such a time the Jewish writers started to use the language in their poetic narrations or in the writing of novels. The standard form of the language as is spoken in modern times was established by Eliezer Ben Yehuda who was a Palestinian around the 20th century. The British Mandate of Palestine was subsequently established and that made it a spoken language that was officially recognized by 1922. The Academy of Hebrew Language was subsequently formed and this helped to regulate the norms of the language, especially its written form.