Sunday, March 23, 2014

Did Abraham himself invent the Proto-Sinaitic or Proto-Alphabet?

Right now, I pose this as a question for further research rather than a statement:  Did Abraham himself invent either the Proto-Sinaitic or Proto-Alphabet?  This statement is interesting:

It was argued that the Hindus who spoke Sanskrit must have penetrated to India about 2000 B.C., and that their original home was in Europe.  But their alphabet, according to Buhler, was Semitic, related to Phoenician, and was not introduced till about 800 B.C.  thus the original Hindus, like the Greeks, were regarded as Nordics who learned from the Semites the use of the written word, and, discarding all Semitic linguistic traits, adapted the borrowed alphabet to an Indo-European language.

The Brahmans claimed that the oldest Indian script was devised by the god Brahma, and therefore called it Brahma (or Brahmi lipi) . . . (Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Vol. 45, 1934, The Prehistory of the Alphabet by John Strong Newberry, pp. 107-108)

If taken seriously that the god Brahma may be a corruption of the name Abraham, this may suggest a tradition that indicates Abraham could have been the inventor of the original form Semitic alphabet.