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01/26/2016

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Abu Ron

I actually read ʾiblīs 'devil', spelled with archaic orthography and letter shapes. Take the final three strokes (on the left) as the head of the sīn. The absence of the tail may be an archaism, resembling Arabic's Nabataean forebear. The absence of representing the medial long ī with Y is more difficult to explain, but adopting the great scholar Corriente's methodology: it may be South Arabian influence, where internal Y and W were not represented. What we have here is proof that the West, even at such a remote time in the past, was still the 'Great Devil'!

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