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Subject: The Language of an Old Book
Question: Dear Panelists,

A friend sent me two pages of an old book and asked me the
language. They can be accessed at the below URLs:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/2k74eha3ucwab52/Old%20Book%20fro
m%20Syria%20%281%29.JPG

https://www.dropbox.com/s/qegrpkeabshk9p5/Old%20Book%20fro
m%20Syria%20%282%29.JPG

I'll be very pleased if you answer me. At internet I tried several
pages but I believe that you are the expert. The family says that
this book is about 2.000 years according to the C 14 test--hard to
believe--but they still could not find the language. If you are
interested, please inform me. The origin is Syria.

Yours Faithfully,
Hasan Arda
Reply: I was able to look at the document yesterday, but the resolution was too poor for us to
distinguish individual characters.

Can a higher resolution image be uploaded?
Reply From: Elizabeth J Pyatt      click here to access email
 
Date: 25-Jul-2013
 
Other Replies:
  1. Re: The Language of an Old Book    James L Fidelholtz     (25-Jul-2013)
  2. Re: The Language of an Old Book    Anthea Fraser Gupta     (25-Jul-2013)

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