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On the Origins of the Alphabet

On the Origins of the Alphabet

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 ________________________________________________________________________
SINO-PLATONIC PAPERS
Number 196 December, 2009________________________________________________________________________
On the Origins of the Alphabet
by
Brian R. Pellar
Victor H. Mair, EditorSino-Platonic PapersDepartment of East Asian Languages and CivilizationsUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia, PA 19104-6305 USAvmair@sas.upenn.eduwww.sino-platonic.org
 
 
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On the Origins of the Alphabet byBrian R. Pellar San Diego, California
Twenty-two foundation letters: He placed them in a circle
….
He directed them with the twelve constellations.
 — Sefer Yetzirah (The Book of Creation)
Figure 1.
The constellation Taurus as Aleph and Beth. Hebrew, Chinese,Phoenician, and Proto-Sinaitic are all rotated 90 degrees counter-clockwise(photo: Sinai inscription 357).
Introduction
The alphabet has often been referred to as one of the greatest inventions of humankind. Ithas helped to make literacy more widespread and made the recording and dissemination of information, culture, and history more efficient.As far back as 2000 years ago, classical writers noted that the alphabet appears to haveoriginated in Egypt (Moran and Kelley 1969:3). Modern scholarship has since found substantialevidence that the alphabet did indeed originate in (or at least passed through) Egypt at places likeWadi el-hol and Serabit el kadim (For instance, see Moran and Kelly 1969; Daniels and Bright

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