Accession number: NN10903/17a
A Jewish man called David Rodinsky wrote this Hebrew-Arabic dictionary. His story is told in the book 'Rodinsky's Room'. On the right are Hebrew words, with their Arabic equivalent on the left. Arabic and Hebrew both belong to the Semitic group of languages spoken in North Africa and the Middle East. Most of the Old Testament, the first book of the Bible, is written in Hebrew. The Hebrew alphabet has 22 letters, and like Arabic, is written from right to left. Modern Hebrew is the official language of Israel. The Arabic alphabet of 28 letters is the second most widely used alphabet in the world, after the Latin alphabet. The Qu'ran, the sacred book of Islam, is written in Arabic.