The World s Oldest Alphabet

Author: Douglas Petrovich
Publisher: Carta Jerusalem
ISBN: 9652208841
Release Date: 2017-02
Genre: Religion

For close to 150 years, scholars have attempted to identify the language of the world's oldest alphabetic script and to translate the inscriptions that use it, which were found in the Sinai Peninsula and date from 1842 to 1446 BCE. Until now, scholars have accomplished little more than identifying most of the pictographic letters and translating a few of the Semitic words. In The World's Oldest Alphabet, however, Douglas Petrovich presents a thorough, detailed defense of his bold new claims concerning these writings. Petrovich claims to have resolved all of the disputed letters and to have identified the language as Hebrew, which allows him to translate all of the inscriptions. Furthermore, he argues that they explicitly name three biblical figures and greatly illuminate the earliest Israelite history in a way that nothing else has, apart from the Bible.

The Early Alphabet

Author: John F. Healey
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520073096
Release Date: 1990-01-01
Genre: History

00 In this generously illustrated book, John Healey outlines the basic principles of the early alphabet and describes the first attempts at alphabetic writing in the Semitic languages. In this generously illustrated book, John Healey outlines the basic principles of the early alphabet and describes the first attempts at alphabetic writing in the Semitic languages.

Reading the Past

Author: C. B. Walker
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520074319
Release Date: 1990-01-01
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Contains six previously published titles brought together in a single volume.

The Writing of God

Author: Miles R Jones
Publisher:
ISBN: 0692680276
Release Date: 2016-03-31
Genre: History

The Writing of God investigates the Inscriptions from the base of Mount Sina in Arabia which reveal an incredible secret of the Bible. The latest archaeological, inscriptional and astronomical research reveals the origin of the alphabet, location of the real Mount Sinai and the correct chronology of the biblical narrative of the Exodus.

A History of Biblical Israel

Author: Philippe Guillaume
Publisher: Equinox
ISBN: 1781791422
Release Date: 2015
Genre: History

There was probably only one past, but there are many different histories. As mental representations of narrow segments of the past, 'histories' reflect different cultural contexts and different historians, although 'history' is a scientific enterprise whenever it processes representative data using rational and controllable methods to work out hypotheses that can be falsified by empirical evidence. A History of Biblical Israel combines experience gained through decades of teaching biblical exegesis and courses on the history of ancient Israel, and of on-going involvement in biblical archaeology. 'Biblical Israel' is understood as a narrative produced primarily in the province of Yehud to forge the collective memory of the elite that operated the temple of Jerusalem under the auspices of the Achaemenid imperial apparatus. The notion of 'Biblical Israel' provides the necessary hindsight to narrate the fate of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah as the pre-history of 'Biblical Israel', since the archives of these kingdoms were only mined in the Persian era to produce the grand biblical narrative. The volume covers the history of 'Biblical Israel' through its fragmentation in the Hellenistic and Roman periods until 136 CE, when four Roman legions crushed the revolt of Simeon Bar-Kosiba.

In the Beginning

Author: Joel Hoffman
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 9780814736906
Release Date: 2006-03-01
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

A highly entertaining history of the Hebrew language and its contributions to all languages. Very well written and charming.

In Search of the Phoenicians

Author: Josephine Quinn
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9781400889112
Release Date: 2017-12-19
Genre: History

Who were the ancient Phoenicians, and did they actually exist? The Phoenicians traveled the Mediterranean long before the Greeks and Romans, trading, establishing settlements, and refining the art of navigation. But who these legendary sailors really were has long remained a mystery. In Search of the Phoenicians makes the startling claim that the “Phoenicians” never actually existed. Taking readers from the ancient world to today, this monumental book argues that the notion of these sailors as a coherent people with a shared identity, history, and culture is a product of modern nationalist ideologies—and a notion very much at odds with the ancient sources. Josephine Quinn shows how the belief in this historical mirage has blinded us to the compelling identities and communities these people really constructed for themselves in the ancient Mediterranean, based not on ethnicity or nationhood but on cities, family, colonial ties, and religious practices. She traces how the idea of “being Phoenician” first emerged in support of the imperial ambitions of Carthage and then Rome, and only crystallized as a component of modern national identities in contexts as far-flung as Ireland and Lebanon. In Search of the Phoenicians delves into the ancient literary, epigraphic, numismatic, and artistic evidence for the construction of identities by and for the Phoenicians, ranging from the Levant to the Atlantic, and from the Bronze Age to late antiquity and beyond. A momentous scholarly achievement, this book also explores the prose, poetry, plays, painting, and polemic that have enshrined these fabled seafarers in nationalist histories from sixteenth-century England to twenty-first century Tunisia.

Etymological Dictionary of Biblical Hebrew

Author: Matityahu Clark
Publisher: Feldheim Publishers
ISBN: 1583304312
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Foreign Language Study

This dictionary, based on the commentaries of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, is a monumental work and guide to understanding the Biblical commentary of Rabbi Hirsch. This work analyzes the deep concepts inherent in Hebrew, the Divine language, revealing how every word's root contains connotations essential to a greater understanding of Torah.

The Ancient Hebrew Language and Alphabet

Author: Jeff A. Benner
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1589395344
Release Date: 2004-01-01
Genre: Foreign Language Study

The Hebrew Bible, called the "Tenach" by Jews and "Old Testament" by Christians, was originally written in the Hebrew language using an ancient pictographic, or paleo-Hebrew, script. Through the study of this ancient language and script the words of the Bible will come alive to the reader in a way never seen before. When we read the Bible from our modern western perspective the original meanings of the words within the text are lost to us. Only by understanding these words in their original Hebraic context can we read the Bible through the eyes of the original authors. This book will examine the origins and history of the ancient Hebrew language and script and their close relationship to the culture of the ancient Hebrews. Included are detailed charts of the evolution of the ancient Hebrew script as well as many other related Semitic and non-Semitic scripts. Also included are the details of the root system of the Hebrew language, and a lexicon of ancient Hebrew roots to assist the reader of the Bible with finding the original cultural context for many Hebrew words.

Phonology and Morphology of Biblical Hebrew

Author: Joshua Blau
Publisher: Linguistic Studies in Ancient West Semitic
ISBN: 1575061295
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

"More than 80 years have passed since Bauer and Leander's historical grammar of Biblical Hebrew was published, and many advances in comparative historical grammar have been made during the interim. Blau's recognized preeminence as a Hebraist and Arabist as well as his understanding of language change make this volume a valuable contribution to the comparative and historical explanation of Biblical Hebrew phonology and morphology. This book is an extensive revision and translation of Blau's original work, which was first published in Hebrew."--Back cover