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By Isaac Mozeson



It has become popular to put glyph-based Paleo Hebrew in depictions of the Ten Commandments.  The designers are saying that they are up on archeological findings, and are using the more historic Hebrew script.  They love the statement that Hebrew script is also merely (humanly) evolved depictions of ox-heads (Alef), or water (the wavy lines of the Paleo Hebrew Mem -- from MaYiM, water).

This is not merely an anti-deist, academic ploy to weaken the concept of an alphabet/Aleph-Bet that (like language) was a divine gift, not the result of accidentally-evolved apes.

There are books, videos and websites by believing Christian teachers who also feel that the archeologists must be right.   That the curvy Paleo Hebrew came first, and that the boxy traditional Torah script only appeared in Second Temple times.

A doctorate is not required to know that a boxy script of straight lines fits the first hammer-and-chisel writing of letters into stone. Including the tablets of Moses.  A curvy script comes from a later, ink-jet technology, with the development of a reed or feather dipped in ink and released on papyrus or parchment. 

Then why are ancient Hebrew and Semitic inscriptions all in Paleo Hebrew?  Is not the boxy script called Ktav Ashurit because it came from the Babylonian (Assyrian) diaspora, from rabbinic Pharisees who used it in all their Torah scrolls?  The name Ktav Ashurit is also a misnomer in that the sacred Torah script was not developed in Exile, but it was reintroduced to the revived Judean community by Ezra the Scribe upon the return to Israel from Babylon/Ashur.  Facing extinction because of the wide popularity of the glyphic Paleo Hebrew, the scribes had taken the Torah script underground.  The same happened to the original, phonetic Japanese script.  Clerics hid it within their narrow prayer and study circles, since the masses had opted for Chinese writing (and culture).

The points above are more detailed in The Origin of Speeches.  Two new points about the Paleo Hebrew controversy resulted in reviewing a doctoral dissertation that employs Edenic principles and data (a first).

1) Well after the return to Israel from Babylonial exile Paleo script is still found in unearthed artifacts.  This is because, even if the Torah script was restored and known in the Maccabean Second Temple period, it would be more respectful for the sacred script if coins, etc. were minted in the secular, common script.  Many European Yiddish speakers similarly considered it improper to use Hebrew for anything  beyond prayer and study.  A few Chassidic sects maintain this position in Israel today.

2)  The Babylonian Talmud in Menahot 29b refers to the ornamental crownlets atop the sacred Torah script.  This can only refer to the boxy Ktav Ashurit script, and not the glyphic Paleo-Hebrew script. 

The Torah letters do not depict any visible objects at all, to trigger the sound of that word.   See The Origin of Speeches  for a possible explanation of the script's graphics.

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