Archaeologists Discover 2,000-Y-O Stone Artifact With Jerusalem Inscription

A significant archaeological discovery of a stone artifact with the full Hebrew spelling of “Jerusalem” dating back 2,000 years ago was revealed on Tuesday.

The Israel Antiquities Authority and the Israel Museum, which announced the discovery in a press release, explained that the stone inscription dates back to the Second Temple Period, or the first century C.E., and spells Jerusalem the same way it’s spelled today.

Yuval Baruch, Jerusalem regional archaeologist of the Israel Antiquities Authority, and professor Ronny Reich of Haifa University, who read and studied the inscription, explained the biblical significance of the find.

“First and Second Temple period inscriptions mentioning Jerusalem are quite rare. But even more unique is the complete spelling of the name as we know it today, which usually appears in the shorthand version. This is the only stone inscription of the Second Temple period known where the full spelling appears,” they said.

“This spelling is only known in one other instance, on a coin of the Great Revolt against the Romans (66–70 CE). The unusual spelling is also attested to in the Bible, where Jerusalem appears 660 times, with only five mentions — of a relatively late date — having the full spelling (Jeremiah 26:18, Esther 2:6, 2 Chronicles 25:1, 2 Chronicles 32: 9, and 2 Chronicles 25: 1).”

The inscription was originally found in the winter of 2017 during an excavation near the Jerusalem International Convention Center.

Researchers found the foundations of a Roman structure supported by stone columns. The Hebrew inscription in question, which appears on the stone column drum, and dates back to the time of Herod the Great, reads in full: “Hananiah son of Dodalos of Jerusalem.”

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Source: Christian Post