Wednesday, January 31, 2007

More re Semitic text from pyramid of Unas
A spell written in hieroglyphs, but spelling out words in Semitic, is shown on this page, together with another summary of Professor Steiner's work. "Although written in Egyptian characters, the texts turned out to be composed in the Semitic language spoken by the Canaanites in the third millennium B.C.E., a very archaic form of the languages later known as Phoenician and Hebrew. The Canaanite priests of the ancient city of Byblos, in present-day Lebanon, provided these texts to the kings of Egypt."

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