by Yishai Eisenberg (’14)

This past Thursday evening, the Honors College members were privileged to hear a lecture from Dr. Aaron Koller, YC Professor of Bible and YC Associate Dean, on the topic of where the Hebrew alphabet came from.


Dr. Koller took us through the Jewish sources from theGemara regarding what language and script the Torah was given in to linguistic nuances in the Hebrew language from which its roots can be seen. Together, we examined our alphabet’s roots from Egyptian and other Semitic languages, we discovered how the characters’ shapes developed, and we discussed their original pronunciations. This special event was a thoroughly fascinating and enjoyable occasion, and we look forward to further such lectures in the future. The lecture concluded with a special pre-Mishmar dinner.


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