Hebrew is the most ancient language that still is spoken as a living language today.
Hebrew has transitioned through many changes due to the complex history and experiences of the Jewish people. In the year 68CE the people of Israel were exiled to different places all over the world, which caused much linguistic diversity between communities. No matter to which continent the people were scattered, Hebrew was always kept as the language of Jewish prayer. However, it was not maintained (and sometimes was not allowed to be used) as a spoken language in daily life.
This situation continued for almost 2000 years until the end of the 19th century when the Jewish people in the Diaspora were drawn in larger numbers to return to the Land and join the small and impoverished community that had remained through the centuries. It was then that Eliezer Ben Yehuda was inspired to bring Hebrew back to life as a spoken language for people to use on a daily basis. He went back to the Hebrew language roots and origins; the Bible. He tried to track down all the rules and phenomena within the Biblical text, and successfully revived the language to what we call today, Modern Hebrew. Thus, Modern Hebrew, a new-old language spoken in a modern era, originates from the ancient language of thousands of years ago, with some revolutionary differences.*
Every letter and word has meaning and, when understood in the light of the original language, the words of the Scriptures come alive in a new and vibrant way!
So start learning Hebrew already! If not now, when?
*~ adapted from the Ulpan Aviv website.