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Phoenician Alphabet
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One interesting place where we find cultural links between Phoenicians and Canaanites as well as between them and ancient Hebrews is in the alphabets. The earliest forms of writing were strongly pictographic, with Egyptian hieroglyphics being the most obvious example. Such alphabets evolved into more and more abstract forms; if we examine the various alphabets side-by-side, we can see how these early pictograms became letters we use today.

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March 12, 2010 at 11:27 pm
(1) Michael Rudas says:

I found an interesting animated GIF showing the evolution of the Latin alphabet over time–here.

March 13, 2010 at 10:49 am
(2) P Smith says:

Of course the jews and Palestinians are the same people.

DNA testing proved that.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/sci/tech/742430.stm

Those groups (Israel especially) want to deny their shared genetics for the same reason hardcore religious types want to deny that whites are descended from blacks and came out of Africa. You can’t hate and kill people if you admit they’re exactly the same as you.

March 13, 2010 at 10:55 am
(3) P Smith says:

I forgot to add:

If you’re interested in the structure, similarity and history of alphabets, visit the Omniglot website.

http://www.omniglot.com/index.htm

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