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Hebrew language and script have often been linked to esoteric secrecy and, at least from an historical point of view, a peculiar relationship between the two is hardly deniable. The following brief theoretical clarification and rapid historical sketch will help ascertain the legitimacy of this claim and verify its implicit assumptions.

There is, in actual fact, no special link between any natural language and cryptography. The encoding and decoding of information is an intrinsic feature of language as such, especially in its written form, and th…

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Campanini, Saverio, “Cryptography”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 21 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000170>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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