[b-hebrew] Samaritan script/proto-hebrew

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Sat Mar 26 14:29:04 EST 2005


I tend to agree.

Yigal

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Karl Randolph" <kwrandolph at email.com>
> To: "Hebrew" <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Friday, March 25, 2005 11:36 PM
> Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Samaritan script/proto-hebrew
>
>
> > Sorry, I meant to send this to the whole group.
> >
> > When the DSS traveling display visited the local art museum, about a
> decade ago, I found that I was able to read most of the displayed scrolls
> quite easily, knowing only the modern glyphs I learned in school. This was
> before I learned to read archaic script.
> >
> > I wonder if the difficulties that modern Israelis have in reading the
> scrolls has more to do with the facct that modern orthography -- spelling
> and grammar -- is so different from ancient usage? Therefore, small
> differences in handwriting styles, as mentioned below, become major
barriers
> to understanding? (In other words, the modern Israeli has much the same
> reaction as I have when I attempt to read Ma'ariv or other modern
document:
> many of the words look wierd and out of place.)
> >
> > My 2¢ worth from experience.
> >
> > Karl W. Randolph.
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Yitzhak Sapir" <yitzhaksapir at gmail.com>
> >
> > >
> > > Peter Kirk wrote:
> > > > On 22/03/2005 20:23, Yitzhak Sapir wrote:
> > >
> > > > >No it's not.  It's irresponsible to lump together two different
> > > > >scripts. ...
> > > > >
> > > > Precisely. But by what criterion is your "Jewish" different from
> modern
> > > > Hebrew?
> > >
> > > Actually, it seems now that Jewish is a class of scripts that
> > > includes the Modern Hebrew script variety.  But if I use a table of
> > > Hasmonean script as a guide, I could point out that the Bet has
> > > no lower right leg, the Dalet has horns and no upper right leg, the
> > > He has the lower left leg attached to the upper right corner, the
> > > Zayin has no horizontal line, the Kaf has horns, the Samekh is
> > > not closed in its lower feet, and the Pe has no clear upper left
> > > angle corner.  Besides that,  the slant, size, and proportions of
> > > some of the letters are unclear, but just these make it very hard
> > > to recognize the letters for the Modern Hebrew reader.
> > >
> > ...
> > >
> > > Yitzhak Sapir
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