I know it's not a Paleo Hebrew program but ....
The farther back in time you went, the more you'd need the programming features I mentioned; that's why my dream is for a program.
Here is an example from Gen 1:1-5 in Proto-Canaanitic, say 12th century BCE. (Btw, the exercise would be a useful one even for those who don't believe there are parts that old, just to teach early orthography). I did take out vowel letters and the final forms (and used the Unicode values for the unshifted initial and medial forms for convenience), and used הוה for היה . I also used a vertical stroke as a word divider.
Gen 1,1-5, Proto-Canaanitic.PNG 163.36KB
But here's where the programming would enter. Not all would agree with what I've done so far, so they'd like to change it. (It's even a work in progress for me. I would have to do a lot of research on early Hebrew orthography to tackle the parts of the Bible that some date conservatively.) To get a sense of what it might have actually looked like, the text may have been written boustrophedon - that is, first line right to left, followed by next line left to right, next right to left, etc. It would be very tedious for someone to have to do this manually. So, a program where one could select text and ask to reverse the order would be wonderful. Then we would need the ability to change the direction of single consonants, and rotate them.
These programming abilities, besides the ones I mentioned above, would allow a scholar to test many combinations, which could lead to new discoveries. These abilities would also be needed for the history of the text under investigation. I did a paper on the history of one Bible verse as it would have appeared every century from the 12th century BCE to now. Of course there were some gaps, but what a learning experience it was re text transmission, the science of textual criticism, and much, much more. My point is, that we could program the history of the text, and scholars/readers could make as many individual versions as they like.
I guess I'm hoping that some programmer at Acc would be intrigued by the sheer challenge of such a program, and would secretly start working on it for the pure joy of the programming challenge.
Edit: FWIW, JSesh is an open source program at http://jsesh.qenherkhopeshef.org/ that can do much of this for hieroglyphs.
Edited by Michel Gilbert, 07 November 2015 - 12:32 PM.