By Jan Dusek
The subject matter of the e-book stands at the intersection of epigraphy and historic learn: the Aramaic and Hebrew inscriptions stumbled on within the region of the Yahwistic sanctuary on Mt. Gerizim and their historic heritage. The examine addresses the facts from 3 views: the paleography and courting of the inscriptions; the id 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 very precious 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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The final form of pe attested in no. is different from the middle pe in no. and . All these observations point to the fact that the groups do not seem to reflect different stages of development of the Aramaic cursive script. There is no clear system of distribution of the forms of lamed, #ayin, dalet/resh and qof in the two groups distinguished by the criterion of the final letters. This fact leads us to the conclusion that these two groups were probably contemporary but perhaps carved by different engravers or workshops.
94 They support this hypothesis by arguing as follows: . 95 . In the wholly preserved inscriptions—whose number is limited—the first type is written in monumental style of Aramaic script and the second in cursive style. . The relative pronoun éæ in the opening formula áø÷ä éæ “that which offered” is usually written in both types of script with zayin and not with dalet. 96 . Nevertheless the inscriptions with the formula “for good remembrance” sometimes contain the “later” spelling even in the opening formula: áø÷ä éã.
Rd cent. bce? ) î ð ñ ò ô ö ÷ ø ù ú scripts of the inscriptions from mt. gerizim point to the rd century bce rather than to the nd century bce. First, the alef is similar to the form used in the Kerak inscription from the rd century bce. Second, the right leg of the he is longer than the left one, but in the same time the upper bar is already horizontal, like in the Tobiah inscription from Araq el-Emir. Thus we incline more toward the nd half of the rd century bce than to the st half of the nd century.
Aramaic and Hebrew Inscriptions from Mt. Gerizim and Samaria Between Antiochus III and Antiochus IV Epiphanes by Jan Dusek