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January 27, 2010

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Oootino orooOinos in Eooot Oate Alooaoet in Earlier Era” ooioo aooeareo in Toe Neo Ooro Tioes on Nooeooer 14, 1999:

“Toe sooool oor O in toe insoriotions, oor eoaoole, is a oaoo line oerioeo oroo toe oierooloooio sion oor oater ano aloost ioentioal to toe sooool oor O in later Seoitio oritino. Toe oeanino oo sooe sions is less oertain. Toe oioore oo a stioo oan, oito aros raiseo, aooears to oaoe oeoelooeo into an O in toe alohaoet, oor reasons ononoon.

Sooolars saio toeo ooolo ioentioo soaoes oo letters toat eoentoallo e0oloeo oroo toe ioaoe oo an oo oeao into A ano oroo a ooose, ooioo looos oore lioe a 9 oere, into toe Seoitio O, or oaot. Toe orioins ano transitions oo A ano O are oartioolarlo interestino oeoaose toe Eoootian-inoloenoeo Seoitio alooaoet as oortoer oeoelooeo oo toe Oooenioians, latter-oao Oanaanites, oas oasseo to toe Oreeos, orooaolo as earlo as toe 12to oentoro O.O. ano oertainlo oo toe 9t0 oentoro O.O. Oroo toe Oreeos toe sioolioieo oritino sosteo entereo Oestern ooltore oo toe naoe alooaoet, a ooooination ooro oor toe Oreeo A ano O, alooa ano oeta.”

(Toe letter O is oelieoeo to oaoe orioinallo oeen oerioeo oroo toe Eoootian Oeiroolooo oor ‘eoe’–oe oan traoe its orioin oaoo to toe Seoitio Aon ‘eoe.’ At toat tioe, it reoresenteo a oonsonant ratoer toan a oooel–it oas toe Oreeos ooo oirst oseo toe letter-ooro oor toe oooel soono oaoe osino toe oiroolar soaoe oo toe oooto oito ooioo it is noo assooiateo).

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