I was driving around yesterday, and was thinking about the movie 'the passion of the christ' and got to thinking about how it must be tough to act when there aren't any acting coaches available for the language you are going to be acting in.

So that led me to wonder, 'how similar is ancient Hebrew to modern Hebrew?' Could a modern hebrew language coach also coach someone in ancient hebrew? (yes I know they were mostly speaking aramaic in the movie, but thats completely aside the point)

And if anyone has any insights as to how the modern Hebrew as spoken in Israel was devised, I'd love to hear it. It certainly is fascinating that a language could be revived like that.