[B-Greek] An interesting "artifact"?

Ethan R. Longhenry deusvitae at gmail.com
Wed Apr 5 13:06:02 EDT 2006

To the scholars known as the B-Greek list,


I have recently moved to the Norwalk, Ohio, area, between Toledo and 
Cleveland, and while my in-laws were visiting over the week we went to 
visit a local history museum.  It, of course, was mostly devoted to the 
local area, but they had one case that had ancient artifacts from around 
the world.

One of the artifacts hailed from Jerusalem, dated to the 2nd or 3rd 
centuries CE.  It was a "pot", not for any real use but some small 
relic, with one side showing a Roman cross and the other side showing a 
boat and fish next to the boat.  On the bottom was some form of an 
inscription-- the label on the case said it was Phoenician, but when I 
was afforded a chance to look at it, it certainly was Greek. 

What it is, however, is beyond me, and I was hoping that someone else 
would perhaps know what it might mean.  There were five letters: iota, 
sigma, what appears to be an alpha (which looked more like a modern-day 
"a" than an ancient alpha, but that could be on account of writing on 
ceramic), eta, and another alpha-like character. 

That would make ISAHA, and I have no idea what that would mean or signify.

It is questioned as to whether the "artifact" is a real relic of the 2nd 
century or if it is a modern curio...I do not have the specialization to 
make a good determination either way. 

Anyway...if that Greek means anything to anyone, please let me know.


Ethan (ELDV)

Ethan R. Longhenry/ deusvitae at gmail.com
Evangelist, church of Christ in Norwalk, Ohio
Homepage: http://www.deusvitae.com

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