Dick Fischer asked
what language did the Assyrians speak? Was it not Hebrew? >>
"Yes, it was not Hebrew. "
They spoke Akkadian or Assyrian which is related to Hebrew like Russian is
related to English, but it wasn't the same language. The encyclopedia
Britannica on the web writes:
" Assyrian language"
"also spelled Accadian, also called Assyro-babylonian, extinct Semitic
language of the Northern Peripheral group, spoken in Mesopotamia from the
3rd to the 1st millennium BC.
Akkadian spread across an area extending from the Mediterranean Sea to the
Persian Gulf during the time of Sargon (Akkadian Sharrum-kin) of the Akkad
dynasty, who reigned from about 2334 to about 2279 BC. By about 2000
Akkadian had supplanted Sumerian as the spoken language…"
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