- a member of the Semitic peoples inhabiting ancient Palestine and claiming descent from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; an Israelite.
- a Semitic language of the Afroasiatic family, the language of the ancient Hebrews, which, although not in a vernacular use from 100 b.c. to the 20th century, was retained as the scholarly and liturgical language of Jews and is now the national language of Israel. Abbreviation: Heb
Origin of Hebrew
Examples from the Web for hebrew
So why did the God of the Hebrew people choose such a scandalous setting for becoming human?Jesus Wasn’t Born Rich. Think About It.
December 25, 2014
They were conducted entirely in Hebrew, a language the U.S. native does not speak, although he was provided a translator.The Strange Case of the Christian Zionist Terrorist
December 14, 2014
The name Easter may, or may not, be derived from the Sumerian goddess Inanna, or Ishtar—the source of the Hebrew name Esther.Meet Krampus, the Seriously Bad Santa
December 5, 2014
Then just 8-years-old he saw writing on a deli Billboard that was in Hebrew.Out of the Birdcage: How Mike Nichols Made Gay Culture Mainstream
November 20, 2014
But he insist his character, Petel (Hebrew for raspberry) has a universal appeal.
Our ancient Hebrew predecessors understood God in their own way.The Conquest of Fear
And not only are these gone, but we are lacking in a knowledge of Hebrew phraseology.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part II]
Benedict of Spinoza
The growth of the Hebrew idea was somewhat parallel to this.Understanding the Scriptures
Her heart was touched with compassion, and she said, "This is one of the Hebrew children."Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
"It suffices—I thank thee," said the Hebrew, with a touch of gratitude in his voice.Leila, Complete
- the ancient language of the Hebrews, revived as the official language of Israel. It belongs to the Canaanitic branch of the Semitic subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family of languages
- a member of an ancient Semitic people claiming descent from Abraham; an Israelite
- archaic, or offensive a Jew
- of or relating to the Hebrews or their language
- archaic, or offensive Jewish
Word Origin and History for hebrew
late Old English, from Old French Ebreu, from Latin Hebraeus, from Greek Hebraios, from Aramaic 'ebhrai, corresponding to Hebrew 'ibhri "an Israelite," literally "one from the other side," in reference to the River Euphrates, or perhaps simply signifying "immigrant;" from 'ebher "region on the other or opposite side." The noun is c.1200, "the Hebrew language;" late 14c. of persons, originally "a biblical Jew, Israelite."