Theory: The World's Oldest Language
I believe that the world's oldest language is Hebrew, and I have many different reasons why I think so. I would like to stress at this point that this is primarily a theory. I have not done extensive research on the subject, and I don't pretend to know everything. I am simply sharing what I do know, and the reasons for why I think Hebrew is the oldest language.
First, Hebrew is one of the oldest languages still in use today. In fact it may be more widely used than all other ancient languages. Thus, it is an excellent candidate to be the world's oldest language.
My main point, however, is that the Hebrew language fits like a puzzle piece into the periodic table of elements, as well as Biblical theology, and not merely because the Old Testament is written in it. It is also one of the only languages that has such connections. Arabic shares a lot of these properties, although it is a very similar language. I will focus on Hebrew, however. There are three things that it relates to well--concepts of man and God, the Bible, and the periodic table of elements. I'll now cover each subject in detail.
The Hebrew words for man and God are very similar. The Hebrew word for God is Jehovah, or spelled more accurately, Yehovah. However, since Hebrew is an Abjad, vowels are often not written in, but are assumed. So, in Hebrew, God's name is really spelled YHVH. Notice the third letter, the Hebrew V, known as Wau or Vav. It is the seventh letter of the alphabet, so it is appropriate that God's name contains it. The third letter turns out to be very important. The Hebrew word for man, or also God's people, Judah or Yehuwdah, is spelled as YHWDH. The third letter is W, the sixth letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
In the Bible it is clear that seven is God's number, also the number of completion, and six is the number of man. Also notice that only one letter (aside from the added "D") differs between the words for God and man! That is how close we are - we are made in the very image of God, as Genesis 1:26 tells us. But why the difference? Do those letters have any other significance? As it turns out, they do.
Our physical bodies are composed mostly of what element? Carbon, which is the sixth element of the periodic table. How astounding! The Bible describes spirits as being like the wind (John 3:8). What element is 78% of earth's atmosphere made of? Nitrogen, which is the SEVENTH element of the periodic table! These numbers were not arbitrarily chosen by man upon their discovery. They were chosen by God who created them! He gave Nitrogen 7 protons and electrons and gave Carbon 6 protons and electrons. The only letters that differ in the words for God and man in Hebrew are the letters describing the very elements that comprise our existence!
It is important at this point to discuss the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Someone may decide to glance at a Hebrew dictionary and claim "But wait! You're wrong. The sixth letter is V, and the seventh letter is Z. This doesn't make any sense." However, a more studied Hebrew scholar would know that V can actually represent two different letters. When a Dagesh, a small dot, is placed in the center of the letter V, it becomes quiescent and represents W instead. Anyone who can speak knows that the sounds V and W are different, thereby indicating that they are separate letters. They are shown as one letter in the Hebrew alphabet, because the Dagesh is used to distinguish them from one another. Now, to the matter of which comes first: it seems to be arbitrary. I've seen many sources that list it both ways - W first and then V, or V first. It would be logical to conclude that W must be first, since its being the sixth letter and V being the seventh letter has so much significance, and because the matter has not been thoroughly established. It simply makes more sense.
Maybe that was a long way around, but I think it gives excellent evidence that Hebrew is the world's first language. "Coincidences" like that don't just happen, they're intentional, they all have a purpose. Perhaps that purpose is to help us better understand our world.
Feel free to leave comments, but I would like to emphasize once again that this is only a THEORY. I have done research on this subject, but I am certain there are others who have done far more research than me. This is why I use the word theory. I am not the authority on this subject, nor do I pretend to be. Instead, I have an open mind to other views of which language is the oldest. I'm not trying to prove anything here; I'm simply providing evidence to support my theory. This evidence is not conclusive, and neither is my theory.
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