Re: Aramaic speech and script

From: Aviah Morag - TransLink (
Date: Sun Jan 24 2010 - 00:22:07 CST

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    For what it's worth, Ilana Sasson, a friend and expert on ancient Semitic
    langauges, offers the following:

    It does not look like any of the sets of scripts that I am familiar with.
     It almost looks to me like a modern attempt to mimic ancient writing.  The
    closest script is that which was used in the DSS Isaiah, which is considered
    square Hebrew Script.  However, I suspect that the first line is more like:
    תתיהו בר זבידא
    I can't make out anything legible of the second line but I think that this
    is what's there:
    On Sat, Jan 23, 2010 at 1:53 AM, William J Poser <>wrote:
    > This upside-down inscription reminds me of the very funny incident in which
    > the crank epigrapher Barry Fell claimed that an inscription on a lintel
    > in Mexico was in the Kavi script and provided evidence of pre-Columbian
    > contact with the old world. It turned out that if you turned it upside down
    > (from
    > Fell's point of view) it was in perfectly ordinary Spanish of the colonial
    > period in a somewhat cursive version of the Roman alphabet.
    > Bill
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