First Epigraphic Testimony to Full Name of Jerusalem Unearthed

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By Eliana Rudee.. Micha the Morashtite, who prophesied in the days of King Chizkiyahu of Yehuda, said to all the people of Yehuda: ‘Thus said the lord of Hosts: Tzion shall be plowed as a field, Yerushalayim shall become heaps of ruins And the Har Habayit a shrine in the woods.’ Jeremiah 26:18. The first epigraphic testimony noting the full spelling of Jerusalem in letters was unveiled at Jerusalem’s Israel Museum for the first time today (Tuesday October 9, 2018) in a joint press conference of the museum and the Israel Antiquities Authority. [Photo top right: Danit Levy of the Israel Antiquities Authority points at a Rare and Exiting Inscription of the Second Temple Period that was found during excavations of the Israel Antiquities Authority in Jerusalem, during a press conference at the Israel museum in Jerusalem on October 9, 2018. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90]. At the press conference on October 9, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced the 2,000 year-old discovery from the Second Temple Period (First Century CE), which will be part of a new exhibition of artifacts from the capital city of Jerusalem.

Found at the excavation site of an ancient Jewish potter’s quarter near Binyanei Ha’Uma (The International Convention Center) in Jerusalem, excavation director Danit Levy found the limestone inscription last winter. Discovered out of context, the Aramaic inscriptions appear on a column drum supporting the foundations of a Roman structure are Hebrew letters, typical of the Second Temple Period, that read: “Hananiah son of Dodalos of Jerusalem.”

The drum was originally part of a building that stood in a Jewish potters’ village on the outskirts of Jerusalem, the column drum coming from a workshop or other structure belonging to Hananiah or a public building that he helped finance. The site was likely converted into a ceramic workshop for building products by the 10th Roman Legion (Legio X Fretensis). Read the full story.



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