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Ancient Hebrew Alphabet Jeff Benner

Ancient Hebrew Alphabet Jeff Benner

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When two letters/pictographs are put together, a Parent
Root word is formed. When the b (bet, a house) is
combined with the n (nun, a seed which continues the

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next generation) the Parent Root nb (pronounced ben32

)
is formed. The two letters of this root have the combined
meaning of "the house of seeds" or "the seeds that
continue the house/family" and are usually translated
simply as "son".

Another example is the Parent Root ps (shaph)33

. The
s is a picture of the two front teeth meaning "sharp". The
p is a mouth. This Parent Root means "a sharp mouth"
or simply "a serpent" whose sharp fangs are in the mouth.

Hebrew word structure, as will be seen later, often
requires a three consonant root; therefore the second
consonant in the Parent Root is duplicated to turn the two
consonant Parent Root into a three consonant root. The
meaning of this derivative from the Parent Root is usually
identical in meaning to the original Parent Root. As in our
example above, the second letter p is doubled, forming
the root pps (shaphaph), also meaning "serpent".

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