Pal(a)eo-Hebrew and Square Hebrew

From: E. Keown (
Date: Thu May 06 2004 - 15:33:16 CDT

                   Elaine Keown
                   Tucson AZ
Patrick Andries wrote, quoting an online forum:

>This of course goes against the archeological
>record as the square script does not appear until around 500 BCE in
>Babylonia where it was used to write the Aramaic language and adopted by
>the Hebrews while in captivity in Babylon.

Very early square script actually shows up first in 495 B.C. in Egypt, on Elephantine (El-Fil) Island [near Aswan] in personal letters, legal contracts, marriage contracts, and other fascinating material written by a community of Jewish soldiers and their families. They had been posted to the farthest reaches of the Persian Empire. It was used for Aramaic there....

The Elephantine material is in museums in Brooklyn and elsewhere....Elaine

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