Re: Phoenician, Fraktur etc

From: John Cowan (
Date: Thu May 27 2004 - 22:42:47 CDT

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    Mark E. Shoulson scripsit:

    > Just for some more confusion to add, I note that with the distaste later
    > Pharisaic Judaism had for the Old Hebrew script, there comes a fairly
    > well-accepted, if unsupportable, thesis that the Law was actually
    > *originally* given in Square Hebrew ("Assyrian Script"), which was then
    > changed/forgotten when Israel sinned, and later still restored. See
    > for some Talmudic
    > discussion of the matter.

    It's interesting, though, that the story given first is the true one:
    first Hebrew with PH script, then Aramaic with Square script; finally
    the Jews wind up with the law in Square Hebrew and the Samaritans
    with the law in Aramaic using PH script.

    John Cowan
    "'My young friend, if you do not now, immediately and instantly, pull
    as hard as ever you can, it is my opinion that your acquaintance in the
    large-pattern leather ulster' (and by this he meant the Crocodile) 'will
    jerk you into yonder limpid stream before you can say Jack Robinson.'"
            --the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake

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