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>Joe scripsit:
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>>Wait a minute - isn't an abjad a vowel-optional writing system, by
>>definition?
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>Well, if you like.  But the Hebrew Bible is (normally) always written with
>vowel marks, so does that mean that Biblical Hebrew is no longer written
>with an abjad?  I would say that an abjad gives greater weight to consonants
>than vowels, but abstain on the optional vs. required question.
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I'd suggest that 'wrting nglish lk ths' qualifies as abjad-oid.

Were the Dead Sea Scrolls written with vowel marks?