I have been told everything from I don't know to four different potential language, including the ancient language of "Syriac". Any serious assistance is appreciated.

Thank you

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    The text is written in Hebrew script with Masoretic vocalization. To my knowledge it cannot be but a Biblical text. But someone knowledgeable in Biblical Hebrew should confirm this. Commented Apr 8, 2017 at 15:05
  • Thank you. I will try to find someone with such knowledge of "Masoretic Vocalization." However, so far I have been told by two Jewish associates that read Hebrew that it was closer to old language of Hebrew, and they could only make out some words.
    – SB1972
    Commented Apr 8, 2017 at 15:12
  • since your "Jewish associates" told you it's Hebrew, it must be Hebrew. The difficulty of reading is because of the low quality of the picture. The term "Masoretic" refers, in this context, just to the special diacritical marks, not to the languages, which is simply Hebrew. Commented Apr 8, 2017 at 15:15
  • Based on the information you provided regarding "Masoretic Vocalization" I search Wikipedia and found much more information to know much more it. Its not just Hebrew, but a combination of languages to be able to understand such writing. Syriac" is one of them.
    – SB1972
    Commented Apr 8, 2017 at 15:25
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    Unless your Hebrew speaking friends have specifically learnt Biblical Hebrew you shouldn't expect them to understand it, considering it could be up to 3000 years old (about 2500 in this case.) Most English speakers can't even understand Beowolf, which is only up to 1300 years old.
    – curiousdannii
    Commented Apr 9, 2017 at 6:10

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The language is Biblical Hebrew. That text is from Bible, Isaiah 7:14.

לָכֵן יִתֵּן אֲדֹנָי הוּא לָכֶם אוֹת; הִנֵּה הָעַלְמָה, הָרָה וְיֹלֶדֶת בֵּן, וְקָרָאת שְׁמוֹ עִמָּנוּ אֵל

In the King James version it is:

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

I wonder why your Hebrew-speaking friends couldn't identify the language and the text which is one of the most often quoted pieces, the prophecy of the comming of the Messiah, it took me 5 minutes to do that, although I don't know Hebrew.

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