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Early History of the Alphabet


Magnes Press 1997

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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. In this introduction to West Semitic epigraphy and paleography, Joseph Naveh outlines the history and current developments in the field, using evidence available to date.

With the Logos edition, this resource is fully integrated with the rest of your digital library. Links to original language texts, dictionaries, and other historical documents—such as the Amarna Letters—are only a click away! Early History of the Alphabet is an important addition to the libraries of Old Testament and Near Eastern scholars, and is ideal for anyone looking to understand more deeply the historical and cultural context of the Old Testament.

Key Features

  • Examines Semitic epigraphy and palaeography
  • Attempts to trace the evolution of alphabetic writing
  • Outlines the history and current developments

Product Details

  • Title: Early History of the Alphabet
  • Author: Joseph Naveh
  • Publisher: Magnes Press
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Pages: 222

About Joseph Naveh

Joseph Naveh is a professor emeritus of West Semitic Epigraphy and Paleography at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has written numerous books and articles on ancient West Semitic inscriptions and scripts.