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The general sense of kitāb meaning 'writing' is well established in the epigraphic record, attested often in Nabataean and in the Safaitic and Dadanitic inscriptions. Below are a few examples:
#Safaitic C 4803 ends with this prayer: ʿawār le-ḏī yoʿawwer has-sefra wa-ḥayāy le-ḏī yeqraʾ hak-ketāba 'may he who effaces this writing go blind but long life to him who reads this writing (ketāb)'. (note, ketāba is the accusative of ketāb (ktb) and not kitābatun)
#Safaitic RSIS 126 contains a similar expression: ḥallāl le-ḏī yeqraʾ hak-ketāba wa-ʿawār le-maʿ-ʿawwara 'health to him who reads this writing but blindness to whosoever effaces (it)'
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