This light study does not aim to look into the philological relationships between letters of other Semitic languages. In this work, the Hebrew abjads will be looked at as a closed system, based on a Formalist method of analysis. Formalism is usually occupied with exploring relationships within a rich literary text. However, based on a personal prerequisite that the Hebrew language is a holy language, I’ll try to demonstrate that the Hebrew abjads maybe more than just a set of basic letters. My aim is to challenge three fundamental believes:
1- the assumption that this linguistic basic system came into being, arbitrarily
2- the assumption that the letters came all at once
3- the assumption that all these letters have nothing in common with each other.
When I first tried to learn the Hebrew alphabet in its normal order, I struggled. It wasn’t so much the unusual form of writing that proved to be a challenge, but the fact that there were so many letters that looked virtually the same to me. In order to be able to learn them faster, the Spirit guided me to start looking at them as symbols rather then letters. I needed to do some reordering and regrouping in order to confront the confusing similarities with the factual differences. This required a skill I knew in Non-Verbal Reasoning (also called fluid reasoning), where you have to distinguish subtle differences in patterns and shapes.
The result of this undertaking which was aiming to see similar shapes classified in the same group, shed the light on a type of ‘evolutionary’ progression between letters! All letters seem to have started from one very simple shape (letter yod) and progressed to give more complex shapes and forms. Since this light hearted study is part of a biblical study, it may be better to call this evolutionary progress ‘the Genealogy of Letters’ and to call the subtle differences in each group by ‘Letter Strings’.