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Abecedaries (1.107)
(2,550 words)

Subject: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World; West Semitic Canonical Compositions; Individual Focus; School Texts


The alphabet was invented in Canaan ca. 1700 bce, during the Middle Bronze IIB period, a time of increased urbanization and cross cultural fertilization. This invention was probably the result of reflective thought of a local Canaanite scribe familiar with the scripts of the major powers, i.e., Akkadian cuneiform and most likely Egyptian hierogly…

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Demsky, Aaron, “Abecedaries (1.107)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 06 December 2021 <>

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