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LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS Page1. Hittite Hieroglyphic Writing. Courtesy of I. J. Gelb, A Study of Writing ( University of Chicago Press), 1952, page 83 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 2. Branches of the Semitic Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 3. Geographical Distribution of the Semitic Languages . . 23 4. Transcription of the Mesha Stone. Courtesy of I. J. Gelb, A Study of Writing ( University of Chicago Press), 1952, page 134 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 5. Hieroglyphic Inscriptions found in Sinai. Courtesy of G. R. Driver, Semitic Writing ( British Academy, Lon-don), 1954, page 94 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 6. Hittite Hieroglyphic Writing. Courtesy of I. J. Gelb, A Study of Writing ( University of Chicago Press), 1952, page 82 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 7. The Contents of a Mezuzah. An example of hand- written Hebrew . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 8. Inscriptions from the Sinaitic Peninsula. Courtesy of G. R. Driver, Semitic Writing ( British Academy, Lon-don), 1954, page 94 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 9. From Hebrew to the Latin Alphabets . . . . . . . . . . 87 10. Three Vowel Systems: 1. Babylonian; 2. Palestinian; 3. Tiberian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 11. The Masoretic Text as prepared by the Ben Asher School. Courtesy of S. A. Birnbaum, The Hebrew Scripts, Fasc. 2, page 92 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111   12. A Page from the Rabbinic Bible . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151 xi   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x For use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. To purchase Scholar PDF version with advanced functionality, go to www. publishersrow. com

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FrontmaterTitle pageCopyright pageDedication pagePrefaceContentsList of IllustrationsHEBREW: THE ETERNAL LANGUAGEINTRODUCTION—The Role of Hebrew in Jewish LifePART I—How the Language Began to Be SpokenPART II—How the Written Language Took FormPART III—How the Language Was PreservedPART IV—How the Language Meets Modern NeedsEPILOGUE—Hebrew for American JewsChanging Jewish Attitude toward HebrewSignificance of Hebrew in Jewish LifeThe Present Spiritual Crisis in Diaspora JewryNeeded—A Dynamic Source of Motivation for Jewish Life in the DiasporaThe Real Meaning of Historic CultureThe Role of Hebrew in Diaspora JudaismNotes and BibliographyIndex
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