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Hebrew Literature

official language of Israel, European languages, Yiddish, nonfiction, Jews

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Hebrew Literature, literature written by Jews in Hebrew and, by extension, certain theological and scholarly works translated from the Hebrew by Jewish scholars. Hebrew was the principal literary language of the Jews until the 19th century, when European languages came into use for works of modern Jewish scholarship and Yiddish became a vehicle of literary expression. Since the establishment of Hebrew as the official language of Israel in 1948, a large body of fiction and nonfiction has been written in the language.

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Mintz, Alan, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Chana Kekst Professor of Hebrew Literature, Jewish Theological Seminary of Americal.



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official language of Israel, European languages, Yiddish, nonfiction, Jews, extension, century, use

 
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