(Evangelical Focus) — Douglas Petrovich, archaeologist and epigrapher of the Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo (Canada), is proposing an innovative reading of several inscriptions on Egyptian slabs from the 18th to 14th centuries BC. These slabs could be the first “alphabet” in the world, an early form of Hebrew with data that coincides with some contents of the early books of the Bible.
On November 17, at the annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), Petrovich stated that Israelites living in Egypt transformed the civilization’s hieroglyphics into “Hebrew 1.0”. That would have happened more than 3,800 years ago, at a time when the Old Testament describes Jews living in Egypt.
Hebrew speakers, seeking a way to communicate in writing with other Egyptian Jews, simplified the pharaohs’ complex hieroglyphic writing system into 22 alphabetic letters.