RE: New contribution

From: Dean Snyder (
Date: Tue May 04 2004 - 16:26:11 CDT

Peter Constable wrote at 8:58 AM on Tuesday, May 4, 2004:

>Ah, so the next protracted debate is going to be whether Samaritan
>should also be encoded using the existing square Hebrew characters.
>Since it would appear that the argument for unification of PH with
>Hebrew could also argue for unification of PH with Samaritan, or of all


Samaritan, unlike Old Hebrew, which adopted Aramaic forms during and
after the Babylonian exile, has retained the Phoenician/Canaanite forms.

The main complication I see with encoding Samaritan, that is different
than what we are currently discussing, is the reality of its still-
living, long-preserved script and religious tradition.


Dean A. Snyder

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