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  Aramaic alphabet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The earliest inscriptions in the Aramaic language use the Phoenician alphabet.
The use of Aramaic as a lingua franca throughout the Middle East from the 8th century BCE led to the gradual adoption of the Aramaic alphabet for writing Hebrew.
Controversially, it is claimed that the Aramaic alphabet may be the forebear of the Indic alphabets.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Aramaic_alphabet   (256 words)

 Encyclopedia :: encyclopedia : Hebrew alphabet   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Hebrew alphabet was in origin an abjad, in other words it had letters for consonants only, but means were later devised to indicate vowels, first by using consonant letters as matres lectionis, later by separate vowel points or nikud.
The number of letters in the Hebrew alphabet, their order, their names, and their phonetic values are virtually identical to those of the Aramaic alphabet, as both Hebrews and Arameans borrowed the Phoenician alphabet for their uses during the end of the 2nd millennium BC.
The Hebrew alphabet was retained as the alphabet used for writing down the Hebrew language during its rebirth in the end of the 19th century, despite several unsuccessful attempts to replace it with the Latin alphabet.
www.hallencyclopedia.com /Hebrew_alphabet   (1465 words)

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