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A scholar who specializes in the study of Hebrew.

He′bra·is′tic, He′bra·is′ti·cal adj.
He′bra·is′ti·cal·ly adv.


1. (Languages) a person who studies the Hebrew language and culture
2. (Peoples) a person who studies the Hebrew language and culture
ˌHebraˈistic, ˌHebraˈistical adj
ˌHebraˈistically adv


(ˈhi breɪ ɪst, -bri-)

1. a person versed in the Hebrew language.
2. a person imbued with the spirit of the Hebrew people or adhering to their principles or practices.
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Noun1.Hebraist - linguist specializing in the Hebrew language
linguist, linguistic scientist - a specialist in linguistics


[ˈhiːbreɪɪst] Nhebraísta mf
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However, unlike many Christian Hebraists, who tended to empty out their kabbalistic sources of any Jewish specificity in order to demonstrate the veracity of Christian dogma, De' Sommi here uses elementary kabbalistic ideas to reinforce Jewish legitimacy.
sense Borges is a Christian kabbalist, a latter-day incarnation of Hebraists who used Jewish mysticism in syncretic form to break molds.
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Even the Hebraists, Sharon suggests, could not let go of the diaspora.
meticulously chronicles Servet's life, beginning with his early travels to Switzerland, where he met several important Hebraists, and to Strasbourg, where he forged a relationship with the Protestant reformers Capito and Bucer.
While the WO of Biblical Hebrew is widely agreed by most Hebraists to be VSO (verb-subject-object), this has lately been disputed.
The Hebraists produced "lyric and epic poetry, short fiction and novels, essays, criticism, polemic, memoirs and translation"; however, "theirs was a brief flourishing, with a heyday from roughly 1915 to 1925 that was always based more on hopes and aspirations than on solidity and permanence" (xxiii).
Leibman's discussions of how Sir Christopher Wren rebuilt London after the fire of 1666 based on Biblical models of Jerusalem and Solomon's Temple (later resurrected as the prototype of Masonic Temples) and of how Christian Hebraists who honored the Biblical Jews borrowed from Jewish authors and artists because of their supposed continuities with ancient traditions highlight the importance of considering Judaism within the field.