I am aware only as of now, and only vaguely and utterly ignorantly, that (1) some centuries ago, Hebrew stopped being a living language, (2) that Hebrew was resurrected from that language-death, and (3) there are many reasons why (and many of these reasons favored over others by different people) Hebrew was resurrected.
I vaguely recall hearing and or reading this at least once before, dozens of years ago.
My question-title of this discussion is inspired by a couple of pages in Brent A. Strawn's book, The Old Testament is Dying, a book which was startlingly put in my face about an hour ago as I write this.
In Chapter 7, in the section titled, Resurrecting Hebrew, Strawn says that, although Hebrew certainly was still being used, it had ceased to be anyone's mother tongue.(page 163)
I emailed Strawn with the following. I here use it to hint at what I think is the single most profound influence-reason-motive-cause for why Hebrew was returned from the dead to the land of living languages.
In the English translations, Genesis 1:10b tells us that God called the divided mayim 'seas'.
But it says /waters/, instead of /mayim/.
Listen to the English word 'sea'.
It sounds very like the actual waves on a shore.
But we might suppose that the English word is merely of the sounds themselves, not of the action of the object If this is the case, then we might say that the English word is a singular, even shallow or unknowing, account of its subject.
So it would follow that the Hebrew word we translate as 'sea', namely 'yawm', is a dual, or knowing, account of its subject. This is because the Hebrew word, while showing the sound itself, does so by way of the human biol-vocal analogue to the subject's action that produces that sound.
It follows, further, that the English word, 'sea', is like Metric, and the Hebrew word, 'yawm' is like Standard.
And there is one Standard measure that Metric has, to my knowledge, never succeeded in supplanting in any full-fledged human culture: the hour.
The hour is not a measure directly of 'time', but of distance-of-travel as gauged by the human observer's referencing the Sun relative to the width of his outstretch hand. In other words, the hour is not a monologically direct, nor static, likeness to anything. Rather, the hour is a likeness of something measured which takes into account the human observer.
Specifically, the hour measure is born of the human person's action and initiative of observation and inquiry. More specifically, the hand becomes the measure because the person has put his hand up to shield his eyes from a direct-and-unaided kind of gaze at the Sun. Thus the hand and the eye worked together. This is an act of triangulation and composite-ness, and which, in the brain, is enacted on a mass and networked scale called 'massive parallel processing'.