Ktav Ivrit: ​The Ancient Hebrew Alphabet

Ktav Ivrit: The Ancient Hebrew Alphabet

Also called Paleo-Hebrew, Phoenician and Canaanite, the common alphabet of the Levant and Sinai was the same as used by the Hebrews and Israelites, even by Moses to write the Torah, and by all indications the same as was used by Adam, Enoch and Noah.
The Greek and ultimately the Latin alphabet is believed to derive from this same script.

The alphabet has 17 consonants, 2 letters representing essentially any vowels (Aleph and Ayin), and 3 letters that can be either consonants or vowels (namely Heh, Wav and Yod).

It is written from right to left, naturally lending itself to a graceful penmanship pattern of chopping down in lines or arcs to the left, the shape of the letters being based primarily on a vertical line with a swipe sideways.

Although falling out of use amongst the Jews before the 1st century by gradually being replaced by the Aramaic script, the alphabet that would become the next common alphabet of the middle east up until being replaced by Arabic in the 7th century onward, it has since seen a revival in modern times, with more being learned and known today than for almost 2ooo years, about this ancient writing system, this “mother alphabet” as it were.

~~ Abel Zechariah

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