Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

853-854 Semitic Inscriptions and the Roots of the Alphabet


From the Book & the Spade archives, a set of interviews from 2002 featuring Frederick Dobbs-Allsopp, a professor of Old Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary. As I say in the introduction, the beginnings of the alphabet are tied to the story of the Bible: same time, same place, same people (roughly). Photos of Professor Dobbs-Allsopp and colleagues, working on the Wadi Al-Hol inscriptions, are available at the West Semitic Research Project website.

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