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Вона [Глаголиця] включала в себе 42 букви, і для недосвідченого ока, алфавіт включає в себе поєднання рунічних і вірменські букви. Теорії про те, що глаголиця була змодельована на скоропис формі грецького алфавіту є надуманими і необґрунтованими.

The Glagolitic alphabet was devised as the first writing tool for the translation of religious books into Old Church Slavonic. It included 42 letters and to the untrained eye, the alphabet includes a combination of runic and Armenian letters. The theories that the Glagolitic was modeled on a cursive form of the Greek Alphabet are far-fetched and unfounded.

Glagolitic Alphabet - Glagolitsa (from Slavonic glagol, a word, glagolati, to speak).

The Cyrillic alphabet was created based on the uncial Greek alphabet of the AD 9th and 10th centuries. It underwent further pronunciation modifications of the individual letters and importation of certain Hebrew letters to compensate for sounds that the Greek language lacks and the glottal stops that Greek had long abolished. Furthermore, letter combinations gave rise to various intricate phonetic details that the first Slavonic dialects employed. Later, as the need for further adjustments became evident, various languages employed letters suitable to their needs and others alter them. The original Cyrillic alphabet included 43 letters.

The Original Cyrillic Alphabet

The order of the letters of the alphabet in the Glagolitic and in the Cyrillic is almost the same. Some scholars such as Ja?i? support the thesis that St. Cyril himself invented the Glagolitic, but his disciple St. Clement created an alphabet based on the Greek uncial alphabet of his day. He called the alphabet Cyrillic in honor of his teacher Cyril. Another theory wants the Dalmatian St. Jerome as the inventor of the Glagolitic and some of the earliest Slavic manuscripts are written in the Glagolitic letters. Thus far these theories are based not on any sources, but on assumptions driven by nationalistic overtones. The fact is that the Glagolitic is still used in Dalmatia and especially on the ?akavski speaking islands of the Adriatic Sea.

At the present, the Cyrillic alphabet is being used in countries of Indo-European (Slavic, Iranian) and Turco-Altaic languages, but also by speakers of other language families in Central and Northern Asia within the Commonwealth of Independent States and Siberian Russia. Religion in Macedonia throughout the Ages © copyright 2005. All rights Reserved. By Marcus A. Templar