The Origins of the Hebrew Alphabet (and Greek and Latin too)

Date: January 30, 2020Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Boulder JCC
6007 Oreg Ave
Contact: Jodi ZicklinEmail:

The alphabet is one of the ancient Levant's greatest contributions to civilization. Why was it invented? How did it develop (probably from Egyptian hieroglyphics)? Professor David Ilan will look at examples of the proto-Canaanite and early Hebrew alphabet and their archaeological contexts. You will learn to decode the paleo-Hebrew letters and we will look at more developed examples of ancient Hebrew and Aramaic inscriptions. Finally, we will explore how the Semitic scripts were transferred to the Greek and Latin scripts.

Co-sponsored by: Hadassah

Presented by: David Ilan
A native of Los Angeles, David llan is the director of the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology at the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem. He has excavated at Tel Arad, Tel Megiddo, and Tel Dan. He teaches at the Hebrew Union College and has taught at Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University, and at Johns Hopkins University. He specializes in mortuary archaeology, religion and ritual in the Chalcolithic period, the Middle Bronze Age, and the early Iron Age of the southern Levant. Since 2005, he has directed the excavations at Tel Dan in northern Israel. He is the editor of the journal NGSBA Archaeology. He is a visiting professor at CU Boulder's Center for Study of Origins.

Thursday, January 30 | 12 - 2 pm | $15 until 48 hours before the event, $20 | REGISTER HERE
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