Archeologist claims to have found proof that Hebrew was the first written alphabet

December 8, 2016 by Bob Yirka report
Credit: Douglas Petrovich

(Phys.org)—Douglas Petrovich, an archaeologist with Ontario's Wilfrid-Laurier University in Canada has sparked controversy in the ancient history scholarly community by making claims that he has found proof that Hebrew is the world's oldest alphabet. He has been speaking to media outlets in conjunction with the self-publication of a book he has written regarding his findings called simply World's Oldest Alphabet.

In interviews, Petrovich claimed that he has found evidence of Israelites in Egypt who converted 22 hieroglyphics into a Hebrew alphabet more than 3,800 years ago. Not everyone in the scholarly community is convinced, however.

Most scholars of ancient times agree that the world's oldest alphabet was probably Semitic, but they have not been able to come to a consensus regarding which it might be. Petrovich contends that converting hieroglyphics into an alphabet was an attempt by those who spoke Hebrew to find a way to create their own written expressions during the time it is believed Israelites lived in Egypt; he claims it predates any other known written alphabet. He notes that he has been working on his research since 2012. He started by translating Middle Egyptian inscriptions on stone tablets along with inscriptions on other tablets (including Sinai 115) that appeared to be precursors or actual examples of a Hebrew alphabet.

To conduct his translations, Petrovich has combined letters previously identified from some other scholars with some of his own interpretations—a method that may make it difficult for others in the field to accept his findings. Another point of controversy is the source he offers for dating some of his references—the Bible. He further claims that after assembling the early Hebrew alphabet, he was able to use it to translate 16 Hebrew inscriptions that up till now have been indecipherable. He claims he found references to Moses that aligned with biblical references, and Ahisamach and Asenath, two other biblical figures. He also claims to have found the word "Hebrew."

Petrovich acknowledges that there will be skeptics and even suggests that they attempt to prove or disprove his findings in their own way, insisting that if what he has found is correct then eventually others will come to the same conclusion.

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Osiris1
1.8 / 5 (5) Dec 08, 2016
This aligns with research publicized by Canadian archaeologist Simcha Jakubovici in the second episode of the first season of his early millennial series: "The Naked Archaeologist". In his program, which you should see, he details an older Egyptian kind of alphabet with over 600 letters, each standing for some sound. It was from this that early Semites in Egypt who were probably slaves at the time, simply picked 22 or so of those letters to make an alphabet...really an abjad. Twenty two letters was a LOT easier to learn than 600. It put the power of writing in the hands of the common man. Jakobovici claimed that this alphbet....ancient name alefbet.. was only invented once. However older writing forms abound all over the world that are now still undeciphered. The Hebrew (they called themselves) slaves that were first discovered using it left their writing on a wall of a cave in the Valley of Terror in Egypt
Uncle Ira
4.1 / 5 (13) Dec 08, 2016
Douglas Petrovich is a creationist who thinks the bible is a history book. He writes a lot crankpot books but can't get his "studies" printed in any normal journals.

Simcha Jakubovici is not a real archeologist. He is sort of like a journalist who is real close to being a crankpot. He's the guy who "proved" he found the "real" Jesus tomb in Israel. He also thinks the bible is a real history book.
Shootist
2.5 / 5 (8) Dec 08, 2016
Douglas Petrovich is a creationist who thinks the bible is a history book. He writes a lot crankpot books but can't get his "studies" printed in any normal journals.



Certainly no worse than the Warmist's.
Osiris1
2.6 / 5 (5) Dec 08, 2016
Simcha Jacubovici, the real spelling. On his program are many active professionals in his field operating all over Israel. All are interviewed at their working digs; many are very well recognized within Israel's Antiquities Authority. In fact, the Israeli newspaper: "Haaretz" cross verifies some of his work. Simcha knows them by name and they him; socializes with them at coffeeshops that can be found on the internet; shows their labs and their work over many generations of man years of arduous labor. I can not cover my eyes to this verification of his work and the work of his many colleagues with obvious facts on the ground. So you 'one' me AND one other who dares to question your unsupported loose lipped allegations. Suppose that is all you are capable of or do YOU have any better and truly documented and supported by facts on the ground material to back up your Trumpist and unsolicited attacks. Unattributed hearsay is not acceptable.
Osiris1
3 / 5 (5) Dec 08, 2016
It appears that Douglas Petrovich may be claiming work as his own that was done by others, just by what I have seen published. Filmography is documentation just like periodical publication and can be subject to review and cross checking. I do not know if Simcha J. would be curious about this article or not. Perhaps the IAA would be interested in DP's 'facts'.
Playonwords
4.3 / 5 (11) Dec 09, 2016
First provide evidence that large numbers of Hebrews lived in Egypt, Then abandon all the guesswork using interpretations that are not peer reviewed.

On the matter of Simcha Jacubovici and his programmes. The biblical "archaeologists" he highlights are not part of any fact based community as their findings are automatically prejudiced by their reliance on the Bible. The approval of such persons by the Israeli Antiquities Authority reflects only the ongoing requirement of the Israeli government for archaeological validation for the overblown claims in Hebraic religious texts.
Anda
4.2 / 5 (11) Dec 09, 2016
Why was this pseudoscience article published phys.org?
antialias_physorg
4.2 / 5 (10) Dec 09, 2016
Certainly no worse than the Warmist's.

Climate scientists can get published in peer refereed journals. And other scientists find - independently - that the published stuff holds true under scrutiny and further measuerements.

That you don't see the difference doesn't surprise me. Wanna buy an Eiffel tower?
Benni
3.9 / 5 (8) Dec 09, 2016
I happened to look in my history book from college & noticed the script of the ancient Phoenician alphabet in a text box, then compared that to Paleo-Hebrew which post dates the Phoenician script by several centuries & are practically identical in form. I googled a side by side text comparison, couldn't see but a tiny difference between the two of them.

Have long been interested in Phoenician history & it appears the Jews copied the script for their alphabet from the Phoenicians. i think the researcher needs to look at his facts a bit more carefully.
Whydening Gyre
4.3 / 5 (6) Dec 09, 2016
I happened to look in my history book from college & noticed the script of the ancient Phoenician alphabet in a text box, then compared that to Paleo-Hebrew which post dates the Phoenician script by several centuries & are practically identical in form. I googled a side by side text comparison, couldn't see but a tiny difference between the two of them.

Have long been interested in Phoenician history & it appears the Jews copied the script for their alphabet from the Phoenicians. i think the researcher needs to look at his facts a bit more carefully.

Not bad, Benni. Not bad at all...
torbjorn_b_g_larsson
4.5 / 5 (8) Dec 09, 2016
Petrovich is not an archaeologist. Which of course is suggested by his 'dating' by mythical texts or basis in ideas that archaeologists have rejected (that Israeli tribes have migrated in and out of Egypt). He is a "biblical archaeologist", a creationist and theologian with an interest in archaeology:

formerly the academic dean and professor at Novosibirsk Biblical-Theological Seminary,(Akademgorodok, Siberia, Russia). His interests include biblical exegesis, biblical history, Egyptology, ANE history (including archaeology, epigraphy, and iconography). His is a contributor to Associates for Biblical Research."

[ http://creation.c...etrovich ]

Can we stop already with the empty injection of unsupported/rejected myth into science news?
Uncle Ira
4 / 5 (4) Dec 11, 2016
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What? You think Physorg is the place you get free advertisements for your Christmas Crankpot Books sale? Non Cher, you got to pay like all the other advertisers.
Da Schneib
5 / 5 (7) Dec 11, 2016
Don't we have radioactive dating for stuff like this? Why are we using a Babble written by drunken stone age sheep herders?
gkam
1.7 / 5 (6) Dec 11, 2016
We could use our talents to save the Earth and ourselves instead of trying to prove stories from the Age of Ignorance.
TogetherinParis
Dec 12, 2016
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TheGhostofOtto1923
5 / 5 (2) Dec 12, 2016
Creationist scientists should believe what their colleagues tell them.

"Really it's a myth... If they get upset, I don't care," Dr. Hawass said. "This is my career as an archaeologist. I should tell them the truth. If the people are upset, that is not my problem."

-Zahi Hawass

There were never 2M Hebrews in goshen.
TheGhostofOtto1923
5 / 5 (3) Dec 12, 2016
approval of such persons by the Israeli Antiquities Authority reflects only the ongoing requirement of the Israeli government for archaeological validation for the overblown claims in Hebraic religious texts
"This is what archaeologists have learned from their excavations in the Land of Israel: the Israelites were never in Egypt, did not wander in the desert, did not conquer the land in a military campaign and did not pass it on to the 12 tribes of Israel. Perhaps even harder to swallow is that the united monarchy of David and Solomon, which is described by the Bible as a regional power, was at most a small tribal kingdom. And it will come as an unpleasant shock to many that the God of Israel, YHWH, had a female consort and that the early Israelite religion adopted monotheism only in the waning period of the monarchy and not at Mount Sinai." -Ze'ev Herzog, Tel Aviv U

-and most of his Israeli colleagues concur.
TheGhostofOtto1923
5 / 5 (3) Dec 12, 2016
Simcha Jacubovici, the real spelling. On his program are many active professionals in his field operating all over Israel. All are interviewed at their working digs; many are very well recognized within Israel's Antiquities Authority. In fact, the Israeli newspaper: "Haaretz" cross verifies some of his work. Simcha knows them by name and they him; socializes with them at coffeeshops that can be found on the internet; shows their labs and their work over many generations of man years of arduous labor. I can not cover my eyes to this verification of his work and the work of his many colleagues with obvious facts on the ground
Torbjorn left out the most important part;

"Douglas Petrovich, M.A., M.Div., M.Th., Ph.D. Candidate, ANE Archaeology and History"

-He's a preacher. Sorry but I think we'll believe religious archeologists like hawass/moslem and Herzog/jew who nevertheless seem to place evidence above faith.
EnsignFlandry
5 / 5 (6) Dec 12, 2016
When donkeys and snakes talk, then I'll take the Bible as history a bit more seriously.

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