In what form of Hebrew did David write in 2 Samuel 11:14?

14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah.

Did David use modern alef-beit אָלֶף־בֵּית or did he use the older Paleo-Hebrew alphabet.


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Hebrew writing inscriptions near the time of David

He would have used paleo-Hebrew handwriting. Here are a few inscriptions that would have handwriting near the time of David.

  1. Tel Dan stele

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  1. The Mesha Stele, also known as the Moabite Stone

After getting the paleo-Hebrew handwriting down, you can read all but one word on the stele with a BDB Hebrew lexicon. So, Moab's language wasn't that different.

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  1. Siloam inscription

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