Tuesday, June 17, 2008

כט אלסאמרה

This is a Samaritan alphabet abecedary from a medieval Jewish manuscript called Sha'ar Ha-razim, written in the late 1460s. The reading in the margin (in Arabic and Hebrew) is כט אלסאמרה והו כתב עברי, 'the Samaritan alphabet, that is Old Hebrew.'

(From Haham Moses Gaster's Jewish Knowledge of the Samaritan Alphabet in the Middle Ages Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 1913, reprinted in Studies and Texts.)

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