I appreciate Judaic Symbolism in our Ritual - With Hebrew being the oldest language on planet earth still in use and recognizable by the ancients of a few thousand years ago - It reminds me that as we peel back the onion of wisdom - We can go back to Moses the Egyptian and even further
Eastern order of International Co-Freemasonry
Auckland New Zealand
"All Truths are Truths of Period
and not truths for eternity."
If my information is correct the cuneiform inscriptions/writing is one of the oldest forms of writing that have been translated thus far, but that said I believe it has been stated that these cultures came from India. Our present number system and letters later arrived from Arabia via India. It (science etc.,) was neglected/hidden/lost for many different reasons, and was later rediscovered by the Europeans.
That said, there are a number of very old/ancient cultures in the world, as mentioned, as well as the Kurris/Indigenous Australians and their Dreamtime & oral tradition.
Please don't! I don't think Patrick Duffy has worked since the infamous Dallas shower scene!
The Hebrew letters are *pretty* old; but that's because, in their original forms (before people started writing them with a brushpen) they were actually the letters of the Phoenician alphabet en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoenician_alphabet (actually an abjad, being vowelless). This is also the origin of the Greek, Roman and Arabic writing systems. It is also believed to have influenced the Indian Devanagari script and even the Germanic Runes.
Nam Sibyllam quidem Cumis ego ipse oculis meis vidi in ampulla pendere, et cum illi pueri dicerent: Sibylla ti theleis; respondebat illa: apothanein thelo.
Hebrew is a language that came after Aramaic and uses the same letters as Aramaic, which is not the oldest language on the block. A book by General Albert Pike which I saw in the Scottish Rite Library on Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles described Freemasonry as "Universal Judaism". But, it's really much much more than that, and Pike was probably speaking "tongue-in-cheek".