I have heard it said more than once that there are advantages to gaining a basic fluency in Modern Hebrew before attempting Biblical Hebrew. Getting comfortable with text decoding, basic vocabulary, some grammar in context to a living language gives you a huge leg up on ancient forms, is how the argument usually goes. Basically like studying Shakespearean English if you already know Modern English.
Has this been proven to be more effective than immediately jumping into Biblical Hebrew (or any other older form of a language?)
Any other recommendations on learning Hebrew in Biblical or Modern form?