When I say “Ancient Hebrew” here, I am referring to Hebrew as it was spoken about 2,000 years ago. By then, various changes had taken place due to the Babylonian exile, the influence of Aramaic and Greek and natural linguistic drift.
Certain aspects of Ancient Hebrew are, unfortunately, impossible to reconstruct. The exact pronunciations of some letters probably varied from place to place and lilt would also have varied. My own reading of Hebrew is more or less of the Yemeni variety. This is especially noticeable with certain vowels. Nevertheless, this sample is certainly a reasonably good approximation of what you would hear if you were transported back 2,000 years ago to ancient Judea and were fortunate enough to hear Hebrew being spoken, rather than the (more common by then) Aramaic.
I strove for perfection, in recording this sample. Therefore, even though I did not actually reach perfection, the reading sounds somewhat unnatural. This is hard to avoid. For this sample, I used the first seven verses of the book of Judges:
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