Re: New contribution

From: Simon Montagu (
Date: Mon May 03 2004 - 18:20:36 CDT

Patrick Andries wrote:

> Is there a lot of Paleo-Hebrew texts out there ? Encoded with the
> Hebrew block ? If not this maybe a red herring

As far as I know, there are very few surviving Paleo-Hebrew texts in any
form, but googling for the first words of those I know of produces at
least one hit in each case:

The Siloam inscription:

The Lachish ostraca:

The Gezer calendar:

> A clear guideline for Paleo-Hebrew would be welcome I think : is the
> Phoenician block the preferred way to encode Paleo-Hebrew or the
> Hebrew block(*) ? I don't see the advantage of not answering the
> question and encoding Hebrew texts (not transcribing Paleo-Hebrew
> texts) in two different fashions, this will make searching and
> analysis of these texts more complicated.

An excellent point IMHO.

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