The language of Hebrew is native to the state of Israel. Israel is the only country the world identified as a "Jewish state". The total number of fluent Hebrew speakers around the world totals between 9.5 -11 million.
Hebrew is an ancient biblical language referred to as semitic. The earliest Hebrew texts date back as far as the 2nd millennium BCE.
Hebrew would have been widely spoken until the fall of Jerusalem in 587BCE. Once the Jews had been exiled the language slowly started to fade and would be purely for sacred use.
Hebrew is the only living Canaanite language left that remains spoken in the world today, but it is also the only language to have been revived after being declared dead.
Prior to the rebirth of spoken Hebrew, Ashkenazi Jews in Europe mostly spoke Yiddish, Sephardic Jews in Southern Europe would have spoken Ladino, this being a unique blend of Spanish and Hebrew.
Eilezer Ben Yehuda is known to have been the man responsible for reviving the spoken Hebrew language. He believed that Jewish people had a right to a language of their own which would ultimately complement the rebirth of the Jewish state once more. The language was fully revived in the late 19th century.
Eilezer Ben Yehuda is fondly referred to as the father of Modern Hebrew.
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