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I served as an LDS missionary for two years and I think it can be predominantly attributed to a few simple things. 8-12 weeks in the Missionary Training Center where you study the language for at least 6-8 hours of the day have a big effect. We had experienced teachers that also went through the learning process. After a few weeks of study, we were asked ...


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There is a plethora of evidence that Hebrew was a living language in the Land at the time of Christ and used by the common people. It is called Mishnaic Hebrew in the grammars and encyclopedias. Mishnaic Hebrew was very well known in the first century and was distinguished from Aramaic in such works as the Letter of Aristeas and Josephus. See below for more ...


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By being made in the image of God, God granted man one of his attributes- namely the ability to communicate. As a God in communion and relationship with himself ("let us create man in our image Gen 1.26) the power of speech and language would have been understood to merely be part of that Imago Dei. Furthermore, the fact that Adam was given the job of ...


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My experience was that those missionaries who are required to learn a foreign language usually spend 8-10 weeks in language training. Some missionaries have previous exposure to the language of their mission. The instruction they receive emphasizes religious vocabulary they will use in teaching and is a limited subset of the full language. It is a ...


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It says that God breathed into the human Adam the breath of life. Since there's no explanation of how that worked, one can only infer from a lack of detail that within this "breath" came all the necessary components that Adam needed for living, including speech. Gen 2:7 (ESV) ...then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into ...


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When Jesus was on earth, Palestine had become, to a considerable extent, a polyglot, or multilingual, region. There is solid evidence that the Jews still retained their use of Hebrew, but Aramaic and Koine were also spoken. Latin, too, appeared on official inscriptions of the Roman rulers of the land (Joh 19:20) and was doubtless heard from Roman soldiers ...


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There have been many good answers on this subject. Having been an observer of the missionary process to learn a language, I will share my insight. They do immerse themselves into the language from day one in their training. As much as possible, they try to avoid their native language and attempt to communicate in the new language as exclusively as they ...


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The ancient Eastern text translation, "My God, My God, for this (cause/purpose) was I spared," agrees with Jesus' own declaration to His disciples in John 12:27: "Now is My soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save Me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour." In the following verse, Jesus asks, "Father, glorify Thy name. ...


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Whilst most people on this site have dismissed this question as silly, it is in fact very profound. The Hebrew language is unique among all language that exist or have ever existed in that it has several distinct layers of meaning. It is, linguistically speaking, a Semitic language like Aramaic and Arabic (among several), but no other language in this ...


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A bit of sarcasm from our Lord: "And he said to them: 'You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!'" (Mark 7:9 NIV). This is perhaps more ironic than sarcastic, but it contains at least a tinge of sarcasm. Put differently, "Hey, nice going, guys. You've just set aside God's word and replaced it ...



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