This is no secret in the field. It is only when around bible believers do
you find people who disagree. If you read the literature you will regularly
find Canaanite/Phoenicians as a description. Canaanite being a tip of the
hat to the imaginary Canaanites of the bible. The problem is the bible get
nothing right about the Phoenicians just as it get nothing right about
Egypt. So it is impolite to mention this among believers as it distresses
A long time ago I looked into some claims being made about proto or archaic
Hebrew. I took a look and found Phoenician. I do not claim to be any kind of
expert or even read more than a couple words in either language but I know
the Phoenician alphabet when I see it. And I was seeing Phoenician being
identified as some form of early Hebrew.
With just a little time on images.google.com I came up with the alphabets
Only the 7th letter is slightely different. It appears more different than
it is because the different versions look like I and Z.
So I looked into how the two were distinguished. I found the answer very
quickly. They noted where an inscription was found, referred to the bible to
see of the Jews ruled there. If they did, the language was declared Hebrew.
If not, it was declared Phoenician. A very neat bit of reasoning with a very
small circle of fallacious reasoning. Yes, circular reasoning, something
identified by the Greeks as a logical fallacy 2500 years ago.
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