Is there a religious explanation for writing Biblical Hebrew without vowels?

"Was Hebrew originally written without vowels" does not address the reasons for not using vowels.

  • The "religious"/Kabbalic analogy I know of, is that just like a person consists of the body and the souls, the language consists of the consonants (the body) and the soul (the vowels). If you're interested in more, please add a new question with these details to be explained in details.
    – Al Berko
    Sep 11 '18 at 21:49
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    Why should it have vowels?
    – DonielF
    Sep 12 '18 at 4:05
  • Hah! In changing the question to become on-topic, it made it a duplicate. I've never done that before..... Sep 12 '18 at 22:33
  • @AlBerko. So why doesn’t Hebrew have the soul?
    – JJLL
    Sep 12 '18 at 22:35
  • @JJLL Just like the human soul is experienced but not seen so are the vowels - not seen but heard.
    – Al Berko
    Sep 12 '18 at 23:02

Because when writing on stone, or very expensive animal parchment, you want to conserve as much space as possible.

Old Hebrew and Aramaic was also written without spaces between words. This is why Aramaic later developed "ending letters," so that way one could see when some words ended because of the final/ending letter.


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