The History of the Alphabet and the Mystery of Hebrew

   The origin of the Alphabet may turn out to have something to do with Abraham and the descendants of Abraham in Egypt, connecting two studies: the reading of Genesis and the linguistic archaeology evident from a patient reading of the history of the alphabet. The origin of the alphabet is known to have something to do with Egypt, Crete, Phoenicia or Byblos, and ancient Greece.

From Wikipedia:

The history of alphabetic writing goes back to the consonantal system used for Semitic languages in the Levant in the 2nd millennium BCE. Most or nearly all alphabetic scripts used throughout the world today ultimately go back to this Semitic proto-alphabet.[1] Its first origins can be traced back to a Proto-Sinaitic script developed in Ancient Egypt to represent the language of Semitic-speaking workers in Egypt. This script was partly influenced by the older Egyptian hieratic, a cursive script related to Egyptian hieroglyphs.[2][3]

The earliest example of alphabetic writing seems to occur at just the same time, in Egypt, in an inscription along the banks of the Nile:

The Proto-Sinaitic script of Egypt has yet to be fully deciphered. However, it may be alphabetic and probably records the Canaanite language. The oldest examples are found as graffiti in the Wadi el Hol and date to perhaps 1850 BCE.[8] The table below shows hypothetical prototypes of the Phoenician alphabet in Egyptian hieroglyphs. Several correspondences have been proposed with Proto-Sinaitic letters.

…The Phoenician and Aramaic alphabets, like their Egyptian prototype, represented only consonants, a system called an abjad. The Aramaic alphabet, which evolved from the Phoenician in the 7th century BCE, to become the official script of the Persian Empire, appears to be the ancestor of nearly all the modern alphabets of Asia:

   The dates for the original Hebrew alphabet are MUCH earlier than the modern Hebrew alphabet. Our hypothesis is that it has something to do with Abraham and Melchizedek, and the communication of a Noah tradition to Abraham who came forth from Ur of the Chaldeans, about 1900 BC. The rough date for the entrance of Israel into Egypt is 1800, and for the Exodus, about 1350, if the stay was 400 years. But the rough dates matter for our purposes more than the exact dates. What is important to know is that there was apparently a written Hebrew alphabet in which Moses could have written the principle books of the Pentateuch. The account that opens Genesis may have been passed on from or through Abraham, either orally or even written, and we look for Joseph in Egypt to have had something to do with the transmission of original Hebrew to Moses.

   Remember that when Joseph is in Egypt, the descendants of Ishmael are somewhere in the Sinai Peninsula. Al-lah is a contraction of Al -ilah, meaning the “The God,” the God most High of Melchizedek and Abraham, the father of both Isaac and Ishmael. El-ilah is the name of God that is the Israeli equivalent, and both are Hebrews, descended from Eber, under whom the Hebrew language split off from the other languages among the descendants of Noah. The genealogies in Genesis are to be taken seriously, especially by those who do not assume they know the meaning before inquiry. Josephus writes that the Chaldeans are descended from Arpachshad, the son of Shem, grandson of Noah. The Chaldeans are distinct from the Babylonians and Sumerians who were in the area, called the land of Shinar, before the flood.

   One most amazing element in the question of the origins of writing is that book of Enoch, 7th from Adam, who prophesied the flood of Noah, and the end times as well, though it difficult to separate the two. The reference in Jude oddly requires all “word of God” Bible believers to believe in the book of Enoch, though one point where the mortality of our scripture is MOST apparent is WHENEVER scripture cites scripture, as it is never accurate, even in a single instance! The Bible IS the word of God, only not in just the way WE want it to be, or as we first think, before the true meaning is even an available option.

II: Writing in the Bible

   There is not a single reference to writing in Genesis. The first in the Bible is in Exodus, when Moses is told to write down all the words God spoke at Sinai beginning with the Ten Commandments (Ex. 20; 24). Then Moses took the book and read it to the people. God wrote the first two tables on Stone:

The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain and wait there; And I will give you the tables of Stone with the law and the commandment which I have written for their instruction.”

(Exodus 24:12

…And he gave to Moses when he had made an end of speaking with him upon Mt. Sinai, the two tablets of the testimony, tables of stone written with the finger of God

(Exodus 31:18)

   These of course were smashed at the foot of Sinai when Moses found the people worshiping the golden calf. This, and not writing, is what is meant by graven image (32:4), though the Israelite apparently did not do hieroglyphs on stone at all otherwise, though Abraham came from where cuneiform writing was done. Moses would have been taught to write in Egypt. One expects that the writing on the tablets would be alphabetic and the most ancient Hebrew. But the writing on the tablets is in the Ark, buried in a cave within sight of the secret tomb of Moses. No one has likely ever looked for the fragments of the original tablets at the foot of Sinai.

2 thoughts on “The History of the Alphabet and the Mystery of Hebrew

  1. Reading the Timechart History of the World, Cadmus brought the 15 letters from Phoenecia into Greece about 1350, contemporaneous with Moses and the what will be the origins of the Hebrew alphabet. The Chart is from prior to the modern rediscovery of Crete, but is amazing for what it does collect. A Moabite stone of about 900 B.C., from the time of Ahab, is then the oldest piece of continuous alphabetic writing anywhere.
    Argos was founded by Inachus, but visited by Argus before the Deucalian flood (18oo B. C), apparently without the alphabet, nor for that matter cuneiform writing. Amazing.

  2. That Moses likely brought alphabetic writing to the Hebrews at the same time that Cadmus brought the consonants to Greece is amusing. Somehow the account of the creation from Abraham or even earlier seems to have been preserved through the Egyptian captivity. This could have been done orally, as Homer was preserved until the age of Pericles. The writing of the Decalogue on tablets of stone may be the earliest alphabetic writing in sentences. Too bad the ark is lost!

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