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Front MatterTitle PageCopyright PageContentsPreface to the First EditionPreface to the Second EditionI. Introduction1. Inscriptions and Manuscripts2. Epigraphy and Palaeography3. The Development of Scripts and Script Styles4. Semitic Languages and ScriptsII. The Rise of the Semitic Script1. Backgrounda. Sumerian cuneiform writingb. Egyptian hieroglyphic scriptc. The Hittite “hieroglyphic” scriptd. The Cretan scripte. Undeciphered scripts in Syria-Palestine2. The Beginnings of the AlphabetIII. The South Semitic ScriptsIV. The West Semitic Scripts1. The Phoenician Script2. The Hebrew Script3. The Aramaic Script4. Comparative Aspects of the Phoenician, Hebrew and Aramaic Scripts5. The Scripts of Israel's Neighbours6. The Change from Hebrew to Jewish ScriptV. The Development of the Later Aramaic Offshoots1. Aramaic Writing in the Iranian World2. The Aramaic Script in the Easta. The South Mesopotamian branchb. The North Mesopotamian branchc. The Palmyrene-Syriac branch3. The Nabataean Script and the Rise of the Arabic Script4. The Jewish ScriptVI. The Antiquity of the Greek AlphabetAbbreviationsIllustrationsFiguresPlatesIndexAdditions and Corrections
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