[b-hebrew] ancient stone
kwrandolph at email.com
Fri Oct 3 16:12:08 EDT 2003
Here is a photograph of a stone written in what appears to be very ancient Hebrew or very similar Semitic language. It is the top stone on this page. I have seen photographs of this stone elsewhere in books, but this is the only example I know of online.
As far as I know, writing of this time was written boustrophedron and in this particular case, reading left to right, I transliterate the following
I think there is a missing dot between L( and QBR.
My translation reads, A grave belittles this (music and dance) to cause to turn aside the witness of it, you liken it to bitterness. (reminding me of Proverbs 14:13)
This fits into two threads we had recently, one where we question the earliest example where a lamad hey verb is changed to a yod and why are there words sometimes written with a final hey and sometimes without.
(As for the site where I found it, the rest of it is rather wierd, I stumbled on it as a result of a Googlewhack. If someone knows a more reputable site where a photograph of this stone appears, Id rather link there than here. The only reason I dare reference this site at all is because I have seen photographs of this stone in books.)
Karl W. Randolph.
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