[b-hebrew] kiddush versus edush?

K Randolph kwrandolph at gmail.com
Wed Jul 7 15:52:25 EDT 2010


On Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 5:21 AM, Uzi Silber <uzisilber at gmail.com> wrote:

> Karl, I have question: so the script was really developed from ktav ashuri.
> I had assumed that the script system had evolved at least partially from
> the
> original hebrew/canaanite script that existed during the period of the
> split
> kingdoms.
> it's clear that most of the letters are similar to ktav ashuri -- but take
> resh, alef, lamed, mem and nun which really looks like their
> canaanite/hebrew, post pictogram predecessors (8 century BCE perhaps?).
> thank you all,
> uzi
> The only letter in modern cursive that reminds me more of Biblical era
Hebrew script is the aleph, all the others seem closer to the Aramaic square
characters. The letters resh and beyt are a couple that I particularly
noticed as being closer to the Aramaic than Hebrew, though that is also true
of the lamed, mem and nun.

Karl W. Randolph.

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