Sunday, June 5, 2011

The script on the Tablets, Part II


"I cannot accept or bear that any tanna or amora [ie sage] would think that Assyrian script was entirely created in the days of Ezra. Rather, this is what happened: The aseret hadibrot were written on the tablets, according to everyone, in Assyrian. No one argues with this at all."

(Responsa of Radbaz 3:442)

Have a great Yom Tov,


  1. Does the Maharal explain why Hashem used ascript that would come into being hundreds of years in the future instead of the script that was used at the time?

  2. Maharal won't accept your premise re: the origins of Ashurit, and he considers it a more elevated form of writing.