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Hebrew Is The World's Oldest Alphabet, Archaeologist Claims

First Posted: Dec 10, 2016 03:20 AM EST
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An evidence reveals that Hebrew is the world's oldest alphabet, according to an ancient inscription specialist and archaeologist from Canada. He said that Israelites that were enslaved in Egypt 3,800 years ago invented the alphabet using two dozen Egyptian hieroglyphics.

Douglas Petrovich, an archaeologist and professor of Egyptian History at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, explained that he was translating Middle Egyptian and proto-consonantal Hebrew inscriptions that nobody ever had translated successfully before. He further explained that there were many Aha! He said along the way he was stumbling across biblical figures never attested before in the epigraphical record, or seeing connections that he had not understood before.

He also said that on this caption from Middle Egyptian were a Canaanite syllabic and the world's oldest indicated proto-consonant letter "B" that represents a house for the Hebrew consonant "bet." He added that it was this one proto-consonantal Hebrew letter that aided him to understand that the world's oldest alphabet -- the language of which has been unrevealed for over 150 years of scholarship -- is Hebrew.

This was translated from the slab known as Sania 115 dated back to 1842 B.C.E. It is displayed at Harvard's Semitic Museum. This slab identifies Joseph and his two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh. It has an inscription "6 Levantines: Hebrews of Bethel, the beloved."

Petrovich also translated 16 more Hebrew inscriptions from four other ancient slabs found in Egypt and Sinai. This includes a slab dated around 1446 B.C.E. and describes Moses as a person prefigured by the ancient Jews for leading them out of Egypt, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Petrovich also claimed that after collecting the early Hebrew alphabet, he used them to translate 16 Hebrew inscriptions. He also found references to Moses that aligned with biblical references and two other biblical figures such as Asenath and Ahisamach. He also discovered the word "Hebrew."

He then said that there will be skeptics and might prove or disprove his findings. Nevertheless, he said that if what he had discovered is correct, then others will have the same conclusion, according to Phys.org. 

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