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The Inscription in the Bene Hezir Tomb / כתובת בני-חזיר

נ. אביגד and N. Avigad
Bulletin of the Jewish Palestine Exploration Society / ידיעות החברה העברית לחקירת ארץ-ישראל ועתיקותיה
Vol. י"ב‎, No. א'/ד‎' (תש"ו / 1945-1946), pp. 57-62
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23726997
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The Inscription in the Bene Hezir Tomb / כתובת בני-חזיר
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Abstract

This monumental funerary inscription was first discovered by de Saulcy in 1854; it was published simultaneously in 1864 by Rabbi J. Sapir in Hebrew (ha-Lebanon, II, 1864, Nos. 11-12 and Eben Sappir, 1876, pp. 15-16) and by de Vogüé in French. The defective reading was completed by the author from close local observation, and a drawing and reconstruction of the text are published on p. 61, where it reads: "This is the tomb and memorial (nefesh) of Elʿazar, Ḥaniah, Yoʿezer, Yehudah, Šimʿon, Yoḥanan / the sons of Yosef the son of ʿObed [or ʿOded] (and of) Yosef and Elʿazar the sons of Ḥaniah / priests of the Bene Ḥezir" (Neh. x, 21; 1 Chron. xxiv, 15). The script and ligatures resemble the inscriptions on ossuaries and the ʿUzziah tablet.

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