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The alphabet we use today has evolved over time. Strands of Ugarit cuneiform, Phoenician, Aramaic, and square Hebrew scripts in the double helix, show the evolution of Hebrew script. These strands can be seen in this double helix. Writing helps us connect and explore our past.
The Hebrew letters are more than just symbols with meaning. Experiences we have, are associated with our ability to decipher these symbols. This journey starts at a young age, when we first learn to identify the 22 symbols of the Modern Hebrew script. It gives us the ability to open doors connecting us with time-honored traditions, such as reading from the Torah scroll or reading a world of fascinating knowledge written by the great scholars. Today we read the square Hebrew script that has evolved over many years as can be seen in the helix. Strands of Ugarit cuneiform, Phoenician, Aramaic, and square Hebrew scripts in the double helix, show the evolution of Hebrew script. Ugarit people, of the north Syrian coast, developed a 30-32 Semitic signed cuneiform alphabet language called Ugaritic. The language of Ugarit, which is closely related to classical Hebrew and Phoenician, helps us understand the meaning of biblical words and expressions. Phoenician alphabet was created sometime between the 18th and 17th centuries BCE . This developed from the Proto-Sinaitic alphabet that consisted of small pictures like an ox head, a house, a fish or an eye, each representing the first sound of the corresponding word. Aramaic was the international trade language of the ancient Middle East between 1000 and 600 BCE. Its script replaced Assyrian cuneiform as the main writing system of the Assyrian empire. The script, derived from Phoenician, became extremely popular and was adopted by many people with or without any previous writing system. Old Hebrew script, derived from Phoenician, began to appear around the 10th century BCE. By the 3rd century BCE, an Aramaic-derived script, began to replace the Old Hebrew script. It eventually evolved into the modern square Hebrew script of today. Archeological evidence indicates that the original Hebrew script is related to the Phoenician script that was in wide use in the Middle East region at the end of the 2nd millennium, and which eventually evolved in Europe into the Greek and Roman alphabets. Throughout history Hebrew has been written though not equally spoken. This was changed when Eliezer Ben Yehuda took it upon himself to revive the use of spoken Hebrew. Eliezers legacy can be felt and seen in the way Hebrew is expressed today in Israel and around the world both orally and in writing. His personal passion led the way for a revival of our ability to express ourselves in the language of our ancestors, which is both the oldest written and spoken language throughout time.