Greek, Hebrew & Samaritan
for Masonic Scholars
Shawn Eyer , Orinda Lodge No. 122 F. & A. M.
in serious writing about Freemasonry have often required unusual typefaces.
Although today's Masonic rituals are not replete with ancient languages, much
Masonic literature does feature ancient script. Hebrew and Greek appear on
many old Masonic documents. Valuable resources such as Mackey's
Encyclopędia of Freemasonry and Pike's Morals and Dogma refer
frequently to ancient languages. Possessing the fonts necessary to reproduce
these scripts can be valuable for Masonic research and personal edification.
Scholars Press Hebrew & Greek
is a defunct publisher of monographs in the field of religious studies. SP
created a series of freeware ancient language fonts for use on the Internet as
well as in print. The Scholars Press fonts are well-mapped and of very good
Scholars Press fonts for Hebrew, Greek, Coptic and Syriac, as well as a nice
font for English transliteration. For a complete archive of the Scholars Press
fonts for both PC and Macintosh, see the link above. Here at Orinda Lodge, we
have mirrored the PC versions of the two fonts most likely to be used by
Masons. These fonts are copyright © 2000 by James R. Adair.
SPIonic - Fully-accented (Thesaurus
Linguae Graecae encoding) Greek (13k zip)
SPTiberian - Fully-pointed
(Michigan-Claremont encoding) Hebrew (9k zip)
The Samaritan alphabet was derived from the Old
Hebrew alphabet by the Samaritans, a tribe originally from Mesopotamia who
moved to Palestine at the beginning of the 1st millennium BC and adopted the
Jewish religion and culture. This alphabet is still used by a few Samaritans
in the city of Nablus.
Samaritan font linked to on this page was created by Bro. Shawn Eyer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The letters are based on those found in the Masonic writings of Albert Pike
One of the alterations which Albert Pike
made in his revised edition of the rituals of the Ancient & Accepted Scottish
Rite is that he changed most of the Hebrew script from the standard "square"
form to the older Samaritan lettering. Masons who have searched in vain
for a font to represent these characters are welcome to download and use
Kadosh Samaritan, a Windows TrueType font.