Re: Pal(a)eo-Hebrew and Square Hebrew

From: Dean Snyder (
Date: Mon May 03 2004 - 12:59:55 CDT

Patrick Andries wrote at 8:55 AM on Monday, May 3, 2004:

>I got this answer from a forum dedicated to Ancient Hebrew :
> Very few people can read let alone recognize the paleo Hebrew font.
>Most modern Hebrew readers are not even aware that Hebrew was once
>written in the paleo Hebrew script.

The same could be said for archaic Greek versus modern Greek - do you
propose to encode archaic Greek separately?

>When the text was written in the paleo Hebrew four of the
>Hebrew letters were used as vowels - aleph, hey, vav and yud, but were
>removed from the text when the masorites added the vowel pointings. This
>is evident in the Dead Sea Scrolls where the four letters are found in
>the words but removed in the Masoretic text.

This is simply not true.


Dean A. Snyder

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