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Script, History of Development

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Author(s): Engel, Edna
Dated Hebrew manuscripts and Genizah documents such as deeds, letters, Ketubbot or Giṭṭin, as well as inscriptions made on various kinds of materials, are authentic evidence for the state of Hebrew script in the period covered by this entry. Copied by professional scribes, written by scholars, or penned by laymen, these remnants reflect the types, modes, and styles of written texts that were produced in this period. Inspired by cultural phenomena and by various styles of calligraphy, such as those coming fr…