[b-hebrew] Proto-Semitic & Proto-Sinaitic

Walter R. Mattfeld mattfeld12 at charter.net
Sat Mar 13 16:20:24 EST 2004

In regards to queries on this list about Proto-Sinaitic inscriptions
(vis-a-vis Hebrew), the two following "scholarly works" by Albright and Sass
deal with the Proto-Sinaitic inscriptions in "some depth." Sass' work
questions some of the translations attempted by Albright. Sass also provides
a lengthy bibliography on the subject. By going to www.google.com and keying
in "Proto-Sinaitic inscriptions" additional urls with bibliographies are

William Foxwell Albright. The Proto-Sinaitic Inscriptions And Their
Decipherment. Cambridge. Harvard Univerity Press. 1966

Benjamin Sass. The Genesis of the Alphabet and Its Development in the 2d
Millennium BC. 1988. Wiesbaden. Otto Harrassowitz.

At my website are a "few examples" of Proto-Sinaitic inscriptions. If
interested, cf. the following urls :



I also have an article on "the evolution of Hebrew," citing work by
Albright. cf. the following url if interested :


Regards, Walter

Walter Reinhold Warttig Mattfeld y de la Torre, M.A. Ed.

mattfeld12 at charter.net


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