Re: Response to Everson Phoenician and why June 7?

From: John Hudson (
Date: Mon May 24 2004 - 12:18:22 CDT

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    Michael Everson wrote:

    > Why, James, we gave evidence a month ago that the ancient Hebrews
    > considered it to be a different script than the one they had learned in
    > exile.

    To be fair, it isn't at all clear from your evidence that the Ancient Hebrews had the same
    concept of 'script' as the Unicode Standard. I don't recall anything in what you cited
    that suggested anything more significant than a recognition of a change in the style of
    writing *the same Hebrew letters*, or as they might have said, if they did use Unicode
    parlance, the same abstract characters.

    The fact that they acknowledge that particular styles of writing are or are not
    appropriate for religious texts is neither surprising nor relevant, as the same
    distinctions are made between ktiva merubaat and stam.

    John Hudson

    Tiro Typeworks
    Vancouver, BC
    Currently reading:
    Typespaces, by Peter Burnhill
    White Mughals, by William Dalrymple
    Hebrew manuscripts of the Middle Ages, by Colette Sirat

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