By Jan Dusek
The subject of the booklet stands at the intersection of epigraphy and old examine: the Aramaic and Hebrew inscriptions came upon within the area of the Yahwistic sanctuary on Mt. Gerizim and their ancient heritage. The research addresses the facts from 3 views: the paleography and relationship of the inscriptions; the identification of the group who carved them and its associations; and, ultimately, the bigger ancient and political context during which the inscriptions have been produced. This booklet is especially invaluable for historians of Palestine within the moment Temple interval, for biblical students, and for these facing Aramaic and Hebrew paleography and epigraphy.
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Cook, . J. Naveh, , p. . A. Livingstone—B. Spaie—M. Ibrahim—M. Kamal—S. Taimani, . M. Cross, , pp. and . K. Beyer—A. Livingstone, , especially pp. –. S. Abdal-Rahman al-Theeb, , pp. – and p. . A. Lemaire, , p. . . M. Sznycer, . J. Teixidor, b. J. Naveh, . É. Puech, , pp. –. P. L. Gatier, . scripts of the inscriptions from mt. gerizim Figure : Aramaic monumental script from Mt. Gerizim and the inscriptions from the Persian period Mt.
All this means that the Aramaic cursive inscriptions from Mt. Gerizim can be dated approximately between the beginning of the rd century and the end of the nd century. However this dating is not definitive and can be further specified. This approximate dating seems to be confirmed by the comparison with the script of the inscription from Halas. a dated to ca. bce: this inscription seems to reflect a stage of ˘ to that of the cursive inscriptions from Mt. Gerizim: development similar – the nun already has a baseline (which is diagonal); – both forms of #ayin—“v” and “y”—, which are used in the cursive inscriptions from Mt.
77 These dates were modified neither by S. Abdal-Rahman al-Theeb78 nor by A. 79 The script of the inscriptions from Mt. Gerizim shares many features with all three inscriptions from the Persian period. Most of the letters are very similar: alef, bet, dalet, zayin, het, . kaf, nun, resh, shin and some forms of lamed and mem. The monumental Aramaic script from Mt. Gerizim seems closest to the inscription from Keseçek-Köyü (especially letters bet and pe; the letter qof from Mt. Gerizim is similar to qof in the inscription from Sardis).