The Ascension of Isaiah is an apocryphal pseudepigraphal book dating from the 2nd century and compiled by an unknown Christian scholar. The text incorporates three distinct sections, each evidently once a separate work that is a single compilation here. Of these, one, the first, appears to have been written by a Jewish author, and the other two by Christians. The first part of the book (chapters 1-5), generally referred to as "The Martyrdom of Isaiah", recounts and expands on the events of 2 Kings chapter 21. Into the middle of this (3:13-4:22) the editor has inserted a Christian apocalypse called "The Testament of Hezekiah", describing the persecution of the Church by Nero. The second part of the book (chapters 6-11) is referred to as "The Vision of Isaiah" and describes a journey by Isaiah through the Seven Heavens. ...more on Wikipedia about "Ascension of Isaiah"
The Book of Enoch refers to several ancient works attributed to Enoch, the great-grandfather of Noah. Though many scholars consider the books to be pseudepigraphal, various groups, including the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and the Essenes, regard parts or all of the books to be inspired Scripture. The currently known texts are usually dated to Maccabean times (ca. 160s BC). ...more on Wikipedia about "Book of Enoch"
(Ḍād) ( ) is one of the six letters the Arabic alphabet added to the twenty-two inherited from the Phoenician alphabet (the others being , , , , ). It represents a pharyngealized voiced alveolar plosive ( IPA ). In name and shape, it is a variant of . The phoneme was considered unique to the Arabic language by early Arabic grammarians, and hence Arabic was also known as the "language of the ". South Semitic, however, also continues the phoneme, as South Arabian , Ge'ez ፀ. ...more on Wikipedia about "Ḍād"
Ge'ez ( ; in Amharic ), the abugida script used to write the Ge'ez language, is descended from the South Arabian alphabet. The details of the process of derivation, however, are controversial. As Stuart Munro-Hays notes, "the arguments advanced for the origins of the Ge'ez script would fill a small book." The earliest known inscriptions in Ge'ez are dated to the 5th century BCE in the city, located in present day Eritrea. The first vocalized Ge'ez appears about the time of king Ezana (4th century), when the alphabet was modified to include vowels, and some writers credit him with this change. However, Roger Schneider has pointed to anomalies in the known inscriptions which suggest that this vocalization occurred at an earlier time, and that Ezana was consciously employing an archaic style during his reign. ...more on Wikipedia about "Ge'ez alphabet"
Ge'ez (also transliterated Gi'iz, , and pronounced IPA ; ISO 639-2 gez) is an ancient language that developed in the Ethiopian Highlands of the Horn of Africa as the language of the peasantry. It later became the language of the Ethiopian imperial court. ...more on Wikipedia about "Ge'ez language"
(Ḫāʼ) ( ) is one of the six letters the Arabic alphabet added to the twenty-two inherited from the Phoenician alphabet (the others being , , , , ). It represents the voiceless velar fricative ( IPA ). In name and shape, it is a variant of (see also there). South Semitic also kept the phoneme separate, and it appears as South Arabian , Ge'ez . ...more on Wikipedia about "Ḫāʼ"
The Kebra Nagast, or the Book of the Glory of Kings of Ethiopia, has existed for at least seven hundred years, and is considered by many Ethiopian Christians and Rastafarians to contain the true history of the origin of the Solomonic line of kings in Ethiopia. They regard it as the ultimate authority on the history of the conversion of the Ethiopians from the worship of the sun, moon, and stars to that of the "Lord God of Israel". ...more on Wikipedia about "Kebra Nagast"
Śat is a letter of the Ge'ez abugida, descended from South Arabian . It is reconstructed as descended from a Proto-Semitic voiceless lateral fricative . It survived only in South Semitic as an independent phoneme. ...more on Wikipedia about "Śat"
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