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Aramaic and Hebrew Inscriptions from Mt. Gerizim and Samaria by Jan Dusek

By Jan Dusek

The topic of the ebook stands at the intersection of epigraphy and ancient learn: the Aramaic and Hebrew inscriptions stumbled on within the region of the Yahwistic sanctuary on Mt. Gerizim and their ancient history. The examine addresses the facts from 3 views: the paleography and courting of the inscriptions; the identification of the neighborhood who carved them and its associations; and, ultimately, the bigger ancient and political context within which the inscriptions have been produced. This e-book 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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And  contain lamed with a reduced lower part in middle and initial position. – (m) The form of lamed in inscription no.  lacks a hook and inclines to the right. Mem – The difference between middle and final form of mem is clearly attested only in inscription no.  ( (f) (m)). The same forms appear in the Maresha ostracon ( bce). The difference in inscriptions no.  and  is not so evident. – The most common form of mem in initial, middle and final position is high and narrow, with a baseline that is sometimes diagonal and sometimes even almost horizontal.

Chapter one b. ) resh, nun (m) resh, lamed, kaf (m), (m), – : – : dalet = – : dalet = – : resh, – : – : – : dalet = resh resh lamed, nun (f) nun (m), mem (f), mem qof, taw dalet = dalet = taw qof resh, #ayin, nun (f) #ayin lamed, = Dalet is the same as resh – : resh, pe (m) – : resh, lamed, #ayin, – : nun (f), resh, kaf (m), lamed, qof, taw resh, resh, kaf (m), kaf (m), lamed, nun (f), #ayin nun (f) resh The group where the dalet is distinguished from resh is larger than the group where the two letters have the same form.

Their capacity to use the Aramaic cursive script seems to be quite limited. We can even ask whether they knew what they were writing. It is possible that they simply copied the texts from a catalogue without knowing the difference between monumental and cursive styles. scripts of the inscriptions from mt. gerizim  The fact that some inscriptions distinguish between the initial/middle and final forms and others do not is interesting. The group of cursive inscriptions from Mt. Gerizim without differentiation between these two forms is larger than the group which contains the difference.

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