Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin, an Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia, wrote that “The finely carved inscription on this obelisk dates to the 4th century BCE. The obelisk was set up in a cemetery at the Phoenician colony of Kition in Cyprus by a certain Arish in memory of his parent; his father Parz, who is said to have been “chief of the commercial agents”, and his mother Shamzabaal. During the 1st millennium BCE, the Phoenicians, descendants of the Levantine Canaanites, refined and perfected the alphabet invented by their ancestors nearly a thousand years earlier, and transmitted it to Greece and Western Europe. Easy to use and accessible to all levels of society, it rapidly caught on, and, although the shapes of the letters have changed with time, it is essentially the same alphabet we use today. From Kition, Cyprus. 4th century BCE. (The British Museum, London)”.
Acast published a podd about the Phoenician language. They say that Phoenician is a Canaanite language closely related to Hebrew. Very little is known about the Canaanite language, except what can be gathered from the El-Amarna letters written by Canaanite kings to Pharaohs Amenhopis III (1402 – 1364 BCE) and Akhenaton (1364 – 1347 BCE). It appears that the Phoenician language, culture, and writing were strongly influenced by Egypt (which controlled Phoenicia for a long time), as king Rib-Adda of Byblos admits in one of his letters to the pharaoh. Link till Podden.