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Early History of the Alphabet: An Introduction to West Semitic Epigraphy and Palaeography

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Alphabetic writing is one of the principal features of Western culture. Our knowledge of the early history, development and spread of the alphabet is constantly changing. This introduction to West Semitic epigraphy and paleography is the author's personal way of introducing this field of study on the basis of the evidence available to date. ...more
Hardcover, 238 pages
Published December 1st 1982 by Brill
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Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Not really what I was expecting. Wouldn't you think such a book would discuss why we have letters, what sounds they represent, where they got their names, what the shapes were to represent, why their in their specific order, etc.? I would so think, but this book really discusses handwriting more than anything--how did semitic cultures write their letters, and how did the writing evolve over time--Phoenician, Aramaic, Arabic, Hebrew, etc.

So a disappointment, although there were some gleanings her
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Rather than explaining and debating (once again) the origins of the alphabet, Joseph Naveh explores the early evolution of the alphabet. Prof. Naveh - a renowned scholar of paleography - uses a wide range of inscriptions which he studies and compares diachronically. Combined with the geographical, linguistic and historical contexts of these inscriptions a clear picture emerges of how the first alphabets looked like, from where they involved, how they are related and how - and why - some are stil ...more
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