A Rare Book: ‘’Hebrew is Greek’’ by Joseph E. Yahuda

by Admin on October 6, 2011 · Market Analysis, Rare Book Education

In a recent article, Rare Books: What makes them rare, we mentioned the nine reasons a book may become rare and in demand,with a high  monetary value. One of the nine reasons mentioned was Scarcity. Scarcity is the factor that has driven the value to the book, ‘’Hebrew is Greek’’  by Joseph Ezekiel Yahuda, to high values.

For about 30  years, the genius Jewish researcher Joseph Ezekiel Yahuda compared 3 languages:  Jewish, Arabic and Ancient Greek Homeric. Finally, in the year 1982, in London UK, he published a 680-page book titled ’’ Hebrew is Greek’’. Suprisingly, most of the copies of this book have mysteriously disappeared. They disappeared from bookstores and most libraries, leaving only very few copies available. This scarcity gives the book the prospect to have increasing value as the years pass. It should be noted that in 2009 the book’s value was about 500 USD while today, two years later, the value of this book on the Amazon online bookstore is currently 1500 USD.

The brilliant Joseph Ezekiel Yahuda, was born in Jerusalem in 1900. He was a Jewish lawyer who practiced in London, as well as a freelance author, and a teacher of linguistics of Hebrew at the Judaic school of Tangiers. He was a Jew by nationality and religion, who was well versed in the Old Testament, the ancient and modern Jewish language, half of the Koran, the ancient and modern Arabic language, and French, English and Latin.

After becoming familiar with the Greek language, Yahuda learned the ancient Homeric Greek. He then decided to start research  to compare the relationship between the  Hebrew, Arabic and ancient Greek languages. His research took him about 30 years, as he compared the three languages from many aspects and in many ways. Finally in 1982 he published in London a 680-page book called ‘’Hebrew is Greek’’. (Becket Publications Oxford, 1982, ISBN 0-7289-0013-0). It should be noted that in the book he proves that Arabic is also Greek, but this is not reflected in the title, by economy.

The foreword of the book is by the  Professor Saul Levin, of the Ancient languages of the University of New York. In his foreword Dr Levin states that in Yahuda’s book there is overwhelming evidence which proves that Hebrew, actually Biblical Hebrew, is camouflaged Greek. He goes on to say that their difference is merely found in the pronunciation of the languages. In this book, there are many examples which prove how the Jewish words are linked with Greek words. It is also stated that the Jewish, Christian and Islamic civilizations are the three pillars of modern civilization, which all have an ancient Greek foundation in common.

Why and how did the book disappear? The answer remains an enigma. If one searches the well known libraries of the world, the book may not be found.  The Oxford library has one copy, but strangely enough, this copy has been on-loan for many years. If curiosity is aroused as to what the book  is all about, electronic pdf versions of this book are available on the Internet. However for the real and original book one is required to pay dearly.

Joseph E. Yahuda died in Westcott, Surrey UK in 1995. In his lifetime, he wrote three other books besides “Hebrew is Greek”, but none of them have fetched a value as high as it. One never knows however, if and when these books will become expensive to own, as another factor for a book to be classified as rare depends on who has written it.  There is potential therefore, as one of Yahuda’s books has certainly gained a great monetary value.

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John Ntamas November 6, 2017 at 11:36 am

How can one got a hold of thiw particular book?

Thank You

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Despina December 22, 2017 at 8:52 pm

Its hard to, you may have to be lucky to get a hold of somebody, I downloaded the pages but its too many. there were translattions written on the side because we don’t speak hebrew. but I believe the person had said you have to understand english greek and hebrew. The main book is in English but there is Greek and hebrew too to describe certain words ( most likely the etymology of them) not sure. I wish you luck but right now I can’t find where my dad put them, he has such a library. Where to begin I don’t know. If I ever do I’ll look for this blog to write see if I can make a copy and just for the cost of the ink to print it out

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Howard September 7, 2018 at 10:13 pm

I believe the rereity of this particular book (Hebrew is Greek) is due to: social political inperiority amongst the western zionist cultures, unwilling to relinquish their dominance over historical evolution of historical events across the world. Eventually, factual truth will prevail and false naratives orcistrated by a powerful minority will be exposed for all to see. The dominos are falling, the religious naratives orchistrated to deceive and dominate various races and cultures throughout the world is at a end. The prophasies of Biblical revelations are not to impict destruction. But, enlightenment of truth, the ultimate evolution of the generation of logic and reason. The intentional censorship of literature such ass (Hebrew is Greek), etc. is useless. Unless physical present throughout the planet are permanently removed from from existence, the true will eventually expose itself to the inhabitance of this planets inhabitance. The life of the lie will determine the degree of its punishment, and the penalty will most likely match ones punishment. Saying this, the burner of books and truth will surely burn themselves.

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