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Mark Lidzbarsky, Ph.D.

Privat-Docent of Semitic Philology at the University, Kiel, Germany; Author of "Handbuch der Nordsemitischen Epigraphik."

ALPHABET, THE HEBREW – Origin of Alphabet. The characters of the Hebrew Alphabet are derived from the so-called Phenician or Old Semitic letters, to which almost all systems of letters now in use, even the Roman, can be traced. But this latter is in...