This book touches on aspects, chiefly chronological ones, that are relevant to the emergence of the Northwest Semitic, South Semitic and Greek alphabets. In chapter two a conceptual and chronological link is suggested between the Middle Kingdom system of transliterating Semitic names and the birth of the Northwest Semitic alphabet. Chapter three traces the early development of the South Semitic scripts in finds from Arabia, Mesopotamia and the Levant, in search of the period most suitable for the emergence of the alphabet in the kingdom of Sheba. The birth-date of the Greek alphabet, a subject on which scholarly agreement is still lacking, is discussed in chapter four. The author combines the relevant Semitic and Greek epigraphical evidence in order to elicit the time of the adoption of the Greek alphabet from the Phoenician one.