Saturday, February 06, 2010

Samaritan Script

כ"ב בשבט תש"ע
Imbolgen 23

Information excerpt from Omniglot, script samples from Omniglot and Ancient Scripts.

The Samaritans claim descent from the northern tribes of Israel. Evidence from recent DNA tests supports this claim and shows they are related to the Israelites through the paternal line.

The Samaritan alphabet is still used by Samaritans in the city of Nablus and in the Samaritan quarter of Holon. There are currently just over 700 Samaritans.

Notable Features

* Type of writing system: abjad / consonant alphabet. Vowels indicated with diacritics.
* Direction of writing: right to left in horizontal lines.

Used To Write

Samaritan Hebrew, a descendant of Biblical Hebrew used by Samaritans as a liturgical language.

Samaritan Aramaic, a dialect of Aramaic used by the Samaritans in their sacred and scholarly literature.

Samaritan Script

Download free Samaritan font here.

More information on Samaritan script and its optional vowels here.

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