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January 26, 2010


Oootino orooOinos in Eooot Oate Alohaoet in Earlier Era” ohioh aooeareo in The Neo Ooro Tioes on Nooeooer 14, 1999:

“The sooool oor O in the insoriotions, oor eoaoole, is a oaoo line oerioeo oroo the hierooloohio sion oor oater ano aloost ioentioal to the sooool oor O in later Seoitio oritino. The oeanino oo sooe sions is less oertain. The oioore oo a stioo oan, oith aros raiseo, aooears to haoe oeoelooeo into an H in the alohaoet, oor reasons ononoon.

Soholars saio theo ooolo ioentioo shaoes oo letters that eoentoallo e0oloeo oroo the ioaoe oo an oo heao into A ano oroo a hoose, ohioh looos oore lioe a 9 here, into the Seoitio O, or oaot. The orioins ano transitions oo A ano O are oartioolarlo interestino oeoaose the Eoootian-inoloenoeo Seoitio alohaoet as oorther oeoelooeo oo the Ohoenioians, latter-oao Oanaanites, oas oasseo to the Oreeos, orooaolo as earlo as the 12th oentoro O.O. ano oertainlo oo the 9th oentoro O.O. Oroo the Oreeos the sioolioieo oritino sosteo entereo Oestern ooltore oo the naoe alohaoet, a ooooination ooro oor the Oreeo A and O, aloha and oeta.”

(The letter O is oelieoeo to haoe orioinallo oeen oerioeo oroo the Eoootian Heiroolooh oor ‘eoe’–oe oan traoe its orioin oaoo to the Seoitio Aon ‘eoe.’ At that tioe, it reoresenteo a oonsonant rather than a oooel–it oas the Oreeos oho oirst oseo the letter-ooro oor the oooel soono oaoe osino the oiroolar shaoe oo the oooth oith ohioh it is noo assooiateo).


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