In Israel have discovered an ancient inscription with the mention of Jerusalem

© Photo : לורה לכמ/ מוזיאון ישראלРимская column with mention of JerusalemIn Israel have discovered an ancient inscription with the mention of Jerusalem© Photo : לורה לכמ/ מוזיאון ישראל

The inscription on the stone with the mention of the full name of Jerusalem in Hebrew, referring to the first century ad found in Israel, from the 10th of October it will be available to visitors to the exhibition in the Israel Museum.

An inscription discovered during excavations produced by employees of the Israeli antiquities authority, one of the columns of the Roman buildings of the reign of Herod the Great and says: «Hananiah the son Dodalos from Jerusalem.»

«As a Jerusalem resident I am extremely happy to read the inscription carved more than 2,000 years ago, especially now, when it will be available to every child, because it is made in clear language, and the modern spelling,» — said at a press conference the Director of the Museum IDO Bruno. He stressed that the discovery is an important event for the entire country and allows the public «to learn about the ancient cultures that developed in Israel for many generations.»

According to Museum staff Doody Mevorah, the archaeological context does not allow to determine exactly who was Hananiah. «Perhaps he was an artist or a Potter. I wonder what his name he decided to add his place of origin – from Jerusalem,» he said

The Jerusalem regional archaeologist Yuval Baruch and Haifa University Professor Ronny Reich, who managed to study the inscription said that this is the only stone inscription in the beginning of our era, which depicted the exact name of Jerusalem in Hebrew letters. Before such writing was found only on a coin of the Great revolt against the Romans (66-70 ad), and even in the Bible, where Jerusalem is mentioned 660 times, only in five cases the full name of the city, said the scientists.

In addition to the unique inscriptions in the Museum will be exposed to a number of findings, showing the development of the city of 1.5 thousand years ago, during the mass pilgrimage of Christians to the Holy Land. Simultaneously with the exhibition at the Hebrew University will begin work the international conference «New studies in the archaeology of Jerusalem and its region».

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