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1. A manner or custom characteristic of the Hebrews.
2. A linguistic feature typical of Hebrew occurring especially in another language.
3. The culture, spirit, or character of the Hebrew people.
4. Judaism.


1. (Languages) a linguistic usage, custom, or other feature borrowed from or particular to the Hebrew language, or to the Jewish people or their culture
2. (Peoples) a linguistic usage, custom, or other feature borrowed from or particular to the Hebrew language, or to the Jewish people or their culture


(ˈhi breɪˌɪz əm, -bri-)

1. an expression or construction distinctive of the Hebrew language.
2. the character, spirit, principles, or practices of the Hebrews.
[1560–70; < Late Greek]

Hebraism, Hebraicism

1. an expression or construction peculiar to Hebrew.
2. the character, spirit, principles, or customs of the Hebrew people.
3. a Hebrew loanword in English, as shekel. — Hebraist, n. — Hebraistic, Hebraic, adj.
See also: Language
the thought, spirit, and practice characteristic of the Hebrews. — Hebraist, n. — Hebraistic, Hebraistical, adj.
See also: Judaism
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Hebraism - Jews collectively who practice a religion based on the Torah and the TalmudHebraism - Jews collectively who practice a religion based on the Torah and the Talmud
organized religion, religion, faith - an institution to express belief in a divine power; "he was raised in the Baptist religion"; "a member of his own faith contradicted him"
Jewish Orthodoxy, Orthodox Judaism - Jews who strictly observe the Mosaic law as interpreted in the Talmud
Conservative Judaism - Jews who keep some of the requirements of the Mosaic law but allow for adaptation of other requirements (as some of the dietary laws) to fit modern circumstances
Reform Judaism - the most liberal Jews; Jews who do not follow the Talmud strictly but try to adapt all of the historical forms of Judaism to the modern world
Jewry - Jews collectively
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Such a religious aesthetics (husn as beauty derived from ihsan)21 is markedly different from the Jewish Hebraism that conditions faith through the desire of seeing the hidden as the manifest materially / linguistically, as the Qur'an reports about the Jews telling Moses that they would never believe in him until they'see God manifestly' (2: 55).
They undermine traditional paradigms of so-called Christian Hebraism, particularly those that stress a mono-dimensional view of the otherness of Jewish learning or the uniformity of Christian responses to it.
Arnold considers British adherence to duty as one of the two main tendencies of human existence; he names it Hebraism in his essay "Hebraism and Hellenism" {Culture and Anarchy, 1869).
The term [phrase omitted] is used here, a very marked Hebraism that makes the allusion to Exodus 3:2 explicit.
See "A Portrait of Spinoza"; "Maimonides and Spinoza on the Knowledge of Good and Evil," 167-85 ; "Spinoza Against the Prophets on Criticizing the Government," 83-90; "The Incorporeality of God in Maimonides, Rabad and Spinoza," 63-69; Physics and Metaphysics in Hasdai Crescas', "Spinoza's Metaphysical Hebraism," 107-14; "Idel on Spinoza," 88-94; "Spinoza and the Parable of the Fish of the Sea," 36975; "Spinoza on Ibn Ezra's Secret of the Twelve," 41-55; "Gersonides and Spinoza on Conatus," 273-97; "Shlomo Pines on Maimonides, Spinoza and Kant," 173-82; "Spinoza's Counterfactual Zionism," 235-44; "Spinoza on Biblical Miracles," 659-75; "Ishq, Heshek and Amor Dei Intellectualis"; "Du mysticisme au-dela de la philosophie: Maimonide et Spinoza" (forthcoming).
While it has long been acknowledged that the Jewish scene embodied tensions between "promised land" and "fatherland," Zionism and Bundism, diasporism and Palestino-centrism, Yiddishism and Hebraism, territorialism and Zionism, traditionalism and progressivism, these historians underscore the cross-fertilization and porous boundaries of such self-imposed labels that were earlier cast as mutually exclusive or self-evident dichotomies.
Of course Sussman discusses Arnold's concept of a synthetic relationship between Hellenism and Hebraism and his attribution of Hellenic virtues to both "criticism" and "culture," but his observations about a shift in Arnold's critical views between his 1853 Preface to Poems and "The Study of Poetry" essay (1880), due to the "gradual acceptance of a virtue-based aesthetics" (p.
Hebraism is rare in Judeo-Tat and is limited to religious vocabulary, but even here is not exclusive, so we find the Arabic-Persian phrase ja[?
At the same time, monolingual Hebraism is largely a thing of the past except in some radical religious Zionist enclaves.
In the four stimulating essays from Section III: Hebraism and the Bible one finds Chanita Goodblatt's "Performance and Parshanut: The Historie of Jacob and Esau," Anne Lake Prescott's "Exploiting King Saul in Early Modern England: Good Uses for a Bad King," Elliott M.
Her interests in scholarship include Christian Hebraism in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literature, cognitive poetics, and feminist biography.
Reading the Rabbis: Christian Hebraism in the Works of Herbert of Bosham