Historical Hebrew/Aramaic lettering

JCSalomon's picture

Whe I saw Raphael Freeman's profile picture, I was reminded of a question I've had for some time: Is there a good reference for historical Hebrew lettering—perhaps even the Aramaic alphabet? Is there another engraved inscription as old as the "place of trumpeting" stone from the Temple?

(I know the (Koren) [Yerushalmi] font is based on these forms; I'm wondering where there are good primary sources.)

ETA: I just remembered that Koren is based on the letterforms in the Aleppo Codex; my question has been corrected.

EATA: Also I found the Uzziah Tablet online. Are there other good examples? I'm sort of looking for the equivalent to Trajan's column.

david h's picture

Start with the great book by Prof. Joseph Naveh -- Early History of The Alphabet, Magnes Press; 1997 -- the Hebrew edition, out of print; 1982 -- English edition.

meir's picture

There's Ada Yardeni's wonderful book, that has many paleographic boards for historical Hebrew scripts.

In English:

In Hebrew: עדה ירדני, ספר הכתב העברי, הוצאת כרטא

piccic's picture

Section 4.6 of the Schoyen collection?
I've consulted it for Greek and Arabic so far, and it's a great resource.

Hi Meir, how are you? :=) (I'm Claudio, recall?)

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