[b-hebrew] kiddush versus edush?

Uzi Silber uzisilber at gmail.com
Wed Jul 7 16:08:05 EDT 2010


Karl, modern zig zagging mem (looks much like a roman N) is to my eye merely
an abridged version of its canaanite counterpart. really doesnt look much
like the Aramaic mem (ktav ashuri).




On Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 3:52 PM, K Randolph <kwrandolph at gmail.com> wrote:

> Uzi:
>
> 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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