Hebrew (Modern)

Hebrew is a Semitic language related to Arabic and Aramaic. The ancient form, referred to as Biblical or Classical Hebrew, was spoken from around the 10th century BC to around the 4th century AD and was the language used in the Torah and most of the Hebrew Bible. It has been retained as a liturgical language, but Hebrew was revived as a spoken and literary language in the 19th century. The success of this language revival was such that Modern Hebrew is now the first language of millions worldwide, and is one of two official languages in Israel. A small but strong community of Hebrew speakers exists in Australia. Modern Hebrew is an important language of study in Jewish education and is offered at two Australian universities.

Number of people in Australia who speak this language at home: 9,667 (ABS Census Data, 2011)

Language Category: Middle Eastern Languages

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