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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.
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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
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(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
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[ˈhiːbreɪɪst] Nhebraísta mf
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Rosenblatt constructs a compelling case that, when seen as a whole, "Selden's rabbinic works constitute a notable exception to those products of the English Renaissance that emphasize otherness and difference"; and that, moreover, his De Jure (1640), running 847 folio pages, is "one of the most genuinely philosemitic works produced by a Christian Hebraist in early modern Europe" (161).
The especial charm of Lowin's work is that its formidable learning, applied with a light, deft touch, and with abundant humor, appeals to the expert as well as the novice Hebraist. These columns, indeed, exemplify what Lowin, who holds a Ph.D in French language and literature from Yale University, might justifiably call haute vulgarisation, a popularization of the highest order that only one so learned in Hebrew as Lowin could accomplish with such seeming ease.
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