Child’s alphabet

Learning Hebrew began with copying the alphabet from a textbook. Here a child has written out the first 10 consonants of the Hebrew alphabet, in combination with the eight Hebrew vowel signs. Once they had mastered the alphabet, children moved on to copying out prayers and parts of the book of Leviticus from the Hebrew Bible. The Genizah shows that this basic school curriculum remained unchanged for centuries.

Hebrew, paper, Egypt, 11/12th century

T-S K5.18

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