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4.0 out of 5 stars accessible introduction to a fascinating topic
A great guide to the way that English and Arabic alphabets (not to mention all other modern Latin alphabets, and modern Hebrew, as well as ancient Greek, Phonecian, and Aramaic) have all derived from the shared root of the Ancient Hebrew alphabet. Benner uses charts to draw out the diverging evolutionary paths of the alphabets in a very visual way that is easy to...
Published on 14 Mar 2008 by Sophie Cooke

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1.0 out of 5 stars What a load of rubbish
I don't know wher this person gets his ideas from, or how he gets to his final conclusions, but he has succeeded in writing the biggest load of rubbish I have had the mis-fortune to read.
Published on 21 July 2012 by Do'vele


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars accessible introduction to a fascinating topic, 14 Mar 2008
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This review is from: The Ancient Hebrew Language and Alphabet: Understanding the Ancient Hebrew Language of the Bible Based on Ancient Hebrew Culture and Thought (Paperback)
A great guide to the way that English and Arabic alphabets (not to mention all other modern Latin alphabets, and modern Hebrew, as well as ancient Greek, Phonecian, and Aramaic) have all derived from the shared root of the Ancient Hebrew alphabet. Benner uses charts to draw out the diverging evolutionary paths of the alphabets in a very visual way that is easy to understand. Most illuminating, for me, were the appendices containing the ancient Hebrew alphabet (with "translations" of the meaning of each letter), and the parent root dictionary (which shows how two or more letters are combined to create a more complex meaning, which can then be further refined by adding additional letters). For example, the pictographs for the letters "P" and "D" mean "mouth / open" and "door" - so "PD" means "open the door", in the literal sense, and "redeem" in the ideal sense, for which opening the door is a poetic analogy. If you are remotely interested in language and poetry, then you will be fascinated by the ideas and information in this book. It is amazing to think that this ancient root language built mental concepts out of the building blocks of physical realities, and it offers an exciting alternative to the Greek emphasis on the primacy of abstract thought which has formed our own cultural inheritance. My only complaint is that there are quite a lot of typos in the book, but the subject matter is so interesting that I didn't really mind too much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ancient Hebrew Language and Alphabet (Understanding Ancient Hebrew), 1 May 2014
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This review is from: The Ancient Hebrew Language and Alphabet: Understanding the Ancient Hebrew Language of the Bible Based on Ancient Hebrew Culture and Thought (Paperback)
A brilliant book into the study of Paleo Hebrew, a great book, a real assett to my collection, a worthwhile purchase
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1.0 out of 5 stars What a load of rubbish, 21 July 2012
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I don't know wher this person gets his ideas from, or how he gets to his final conclusions, but he has succeeded in writing the biggest load of rubbish I have had the mis-fortune to read.
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