[b-hebrew] ancient stone

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Fri Oct 3 16:12:08 EDT 2003

To All:

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, I’d 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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