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Samaritan
Quick Facts
TypeConsonantal Alphabetic
GenealogyProto-Sinaitic
LocationWest Asia
Time5th century BCE to Present
DirectionRight to Left

According to tradition, the Samaritans were a Mesopotamian people that migrated to and settled in Palestine sometimes during the first half of the 1st millenium BCE. They adopted Jewish culture, religion, and language, including the use of Old Hebrew alphabet starting at the 6th century BCE.

The Samaritans continued to use their alphabet even though Old Hebrew became replaced with the Aramaic-derived Jewish (or Hebrew) script. In time, their script evolved into a distinctive form called the Samaritan script.

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