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The Scattered Pearls by Barsoum/Afram/Moosa
Shlama Akhay,

This is taken from "The Scattered Pearl" by A. I. Barsoum, Ighnatyus Afram, Matti Moosa.......

[QUOTE] The First Period: B. C. to A. D. 758

This period begins with the two philosophers, Wafa the Aramaean in the pre-Christian era and then Bar Daysan, who lived at the end of the second and the beginning of the third centuries. It ends with Elijah, bishop of Sinjar (d. 758). The writers of this period were distinguished for their originality, lucidity, and style. They were also famous for the number and value of their work. Indeed, this period is considered the golden era of the Syriac language. These masterful writers crowned the Syriac language with literary gems, attaining the acme of philosophy, theology, Biblical commentaries, polemics and devotional duties, their unsurpassed excellence in jurisprudence, history, poetry, sermons, prose, biographies, as well as story writing, which reveals their ability and excellent taste. [END OF QUOTE]

This book includes the originator of the Estrangela script but doesn't trace it back quite as far as Paul, Andrew, Stephen and some others here on the forum might be able to.... not sure about the general concensus on that issue. <!-- s:| --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/neutral.gif" alt=":|" title="Neutral" /><!-- s:| -->

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Shlama w'Burkate, Larry Kelsey

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