Hebrew is a Northwest Semitic language native to Israel, spoken by over 9 million people worldwide. Historically, it is regarded as the language of the Israelites and their ancestors. Hebrew belongs to the West Semitic branch of the Afroasiatic language family. It is the only living Canaanite language left, and the only truly successful example of a revived dead language.
Modern Hebrew is the official language of the State of Israel, while premodern Hebrew is used for prayer or study in Jewish communities around the world today.
Map of the languages of the world.