Reinventing The “Holy Tongue”: How Jewish Thinkers in the Islamic World Updated the Hebrew Language (In-Person)

Lecturer(s)
Ezra Blaustein
PhD, History of Judaism, University of Chicago
Date
Thursday October 28
Time
7-8:30 p.m. ET

Medieval Islamic thought assigned tremendous importance and sacredness to Arabic, holding it up as superior to all other languages. In response, Jewish writers defended the holiness of Hebrew and also updated their language in order to compete with the admitted greater richness of Arabic. Their “reinvention” of Hebrew outlasted this inter-language competition, and its marks can still be seen today in modern Hebrew.
 

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