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Anonymous asked in TravelAfrica & Middle EastIsrael · 1 decade ago

Which language came first, Hebrew or Arabic?

Update:

No guess please, I am looking for facts. Thanks

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  • 1 decade ago

    Ancient Hebrew came before Arabic but after Aramaic.

    Arabic came before ancient Hebrew but before modern Hebrew.

  • Biblical Hebrew

  • 1 decade ago

    I believe both language came at the same time. The speakers of each language used to be unaware of the others' languages. Both are the surviving Semitic languages along with Amharic, Tigrinya, Syriac, Silt'e, Tigre, Neo Aramaic, Sebat Bet Gurage, Maltese, South Arabian languages, Inor, Soddo and Harari.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The world was "created" in Hebrew.... and it was the universal language until the tower of babel. So its definitely first.

    There's a phenomenal book based on someone's PhD thesis that documents how languages from all over the world are rooted in Hebrew. Even Chinese, Japanese, African languages, all kinds ... its really cool. Sorry, don't know the name, but it was written like 20 years ago.

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    Tamarind - sorry, but you're wrong about them coming from Aramaic. It is a derivative of Hebrew.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Hebrew came first.

  • 1 decade ago

    Hebrew- it is written in the Torah and that was written millions of years ago.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Hebrew came somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,000 years before, depends on the Hebrew dialect you follow.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    According to linguists and anthropologists, Hebrew came first by a few hundred years.

  • 1 decade ago

    My honest guess is Hebrew. Both are descended from Aramaic - the language of the Bible - that is still spoken in some smaller villages in the mountains of Syria, near Damascus.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    well - do you mean ancient Hebrew or modern Hebrew? Ancient hebrew is one of the oldest languages on earth.

    good luck!!!

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