[log in to unmask] wrote: >Joe scripsit: > > > >>Wait a minute - isn't an abjad a vowel-optional writing system, by >>definition? >> >> > >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. > > I'd suggest that 'wrting nglish lk ths' qualifies as abjad-oid. Were the Dead Sea Scrolls written with vowel marks?