Thursday, February 01, 2007

Egyptian Semitic text update Earliest Semitic Text Revealed In Egyptian Pyramid Inscription
The first public revelation of the earliest continuous Semitic text ever deciphered has taken place at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The presentation was made by Prof. Richard Steiner, professor of Semitic languages and literature at Yeshiva University in New York, in a lecture entitled "Proto-Canaanite Spells in the Pyramid Texts: a First Look at the History of Hebrew in the Third Millennium B.C.E." The lecture was sponsored by the Academy of the Hebrew Language in cooperation with the Hebrew University and the World Union of Jewish Studies.

There was a comment or two on the EEF lists about this, and doubts were expressed as to whether or not it really is Semitic. I didn't copy the post though.