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An Aramaic Inscription at the Ancient Synagogue of Umm-el-'Amed / כתובת ארמית מבית-הכנסת העתיק באם אל-עמד שבגליל

נ. אביגד and N. Avigad
Bulletin of the Israel Exploration Society / ידיעות החברה לחקירת ארץ-ישראל ועתיקותיה
Vol. יט‎, No. ג/ד‎ (תשט"ו / 1955), pp. 183-187
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23729604
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An Aramaic Inscription at the Ancient Synagogue of Umm-el-'Amed / כתובת ארמית מבית-הכנסת העתיק באם אל-עמד שבגליל
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Abstract

The following inscription of the third century A. D., was found incised on a stone in the ruins of this Galilean Synagogue: "Yo'ezer the ḥazan (synagogue superintendent) and Shim'eon his brother made (viz. donated) this gate of the Lord of Heaven." The spelling of two words is noteworthy: תרא stands for the usual תרעא meaning gate, the omission of the ע being a common feature in Galilean Aramaic. The form שומיא instead of שמיא (heaven) has hitherto been found only in the non-Jewish Aramaic texts. The formula "gate of the Lord of Heaven" is new among the inscriptions commemorating the donation of a part of a synagogue.

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