>The alphabet is supposed to have been invented by priests who kept
temple/city accounts. Representing numbers by using the first nine letters
for 1 to 9, the next nine for 10 to 90, and the rest for the first few
hundreds, also seems to be early. We find it in Hebrew and Greek. (In
writing numbers Classical Greek kept two letters which were no longer used
Hebrew and Greek is early?
I'll believe that the alphabet was invented by priests if it was
invented in Sumeria or Babylon, either of which had more or less stable
cities. But the Phoenicians, we're given to believe, or I was taught, were
the inventors of our modern alphabet, and they were sailers and traders,
which is why the alphabet got dispersed all over the world. Maybe they were
just the dispersers of the alphabet and not the actual inventors?
From: David Ibbetson