In his book "Written by the Finger of God", Joe Sampson, introduces the idea, that in order to understand some ancient writings, the scholar must be familiar with an Hebrew writing technique called "Kabbalah".
According to Sampson, many times, because of space limitations or dificult inscription surfaces, such as writing on metal plates or stone, ancient Hebrew Rabbis would "code" material by combining several seperate glyphs into a single "iedogram". [see example at right edge of page ] In order to be able to understand the message of the glyph, the reader must be able to look at the ideogram and mentally "unfold" the diferent parts that make up the glyph, "decoding" the author's true meaning.
Sampson relies heavily on the eariler works of such scholars as Adolphe Frank (The Religious Philosophy of the Hebrews), William H. Brownlee, & A.E. White (The Holy Kabbalah) to explain the mysteries of these "Kabbalistic Rabbis" and their cryptic "encoding" thought process, including both Notarikon & Gemetria techniques. Sampson also cites a little known work, commonly refered to as the book of "Egyptain Alphabet and Grammar", more recently refered to as "The Kirtland Egyptain Papers."
The work was published in 1844, when very little was known of the ancient art of Kabbalah, and even less of egyptain. This obscure work proports to be a collection of the working notes of Joseph Smith, founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Smith claimed to be a prophet of God, as such, also claimed the ability to translate ancient scripture through the use of a devise known as the "Urim and the Thummim" as Abraham of old. Smith published his complete translations as The Book of Abrahm in "The Pearl of Great Price", but his notes, written in the margins while translating, are what were eventually published as the "Kirtland Egyptain Papers."
Despite having no explanation of how ancient hebraic symbols might have
gotten to the american southwest deseret, and ignoring the team's differing
opinions as to the "divine" nature of Smith's translation, these published
notes provide amazing insites into the possible paleo-hebraic meaning
of these glyphs...
4,000 year old Paleo-Hebrew Inscription is written in the pictographic script of the ancient Hebrew alphabet.
The pictures are, an ox head (meaning strength) and , a shepherd's staff (meaning authority).
These paleo-hebrew pictures are combined to form the word (pronounced "EL", usually translated as God) literally meaning "the strong one of authority".