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The Significance of the 'Revua' in Katzrin / למשמעות הרבועה מקצרין

יצחק מייטליס and Itzhak Meitlis
Tarbiẕ / תרביץ
כרך נג‎, חוברת ג‎ (ניסן-סיוון תשמ"ד), pp. 465-466
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Abstract

In excavations at the ancient synagogue of Katzrin, conducted during the years 1971—1972, a stone was discovered bearing the following Aramaic inscription: "[ע]וזי עבד הדין רבוע[ה]" ('Uzi made this revua'). The word revua which appears upon this testimonial stone is unique. While we are unable to identify or explain it on the basis of extant archaeological evidence we can, with the help of Talmudic sources, establish that 'revua' was a specific place in the 'Bet Midrash' or adjacent to it. It served, in effect, as an eating and drinking place for the Bet Midrash. Thus the inscription from Katzrin should be interpreted as a testimonial inscription to Uzi, who built the revua for the purpose of eating in the Bet Midrash at Katzrin. Consequently, the inscription provides archaeological evidence for the existence of a Bet Midrash at Katzrin, in the Golan Heights.

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