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A Bilingual Burial Inscription from Saba / כתובת קבר דו-לשונית משבא

יוסף נוה and Joseph Naveh
Lĕšonénu: A Journal for the Study of the Hebrew Language and Cognate Subjects / לשוננו: כתב-עת לחקר הלשון העברית והתחומים הסמוכים לה
Vol. סה‎, No. ב‎ (אדר ב' התשס"ג), pp. 117-120
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/24331225
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A Bilingual Burial Inscription from Saba / כתובת קבר דו-לשונית משבא
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Abstract

To the small corpus of ancient Sabaean inscriptions dealing with Jews a new bilingual one has recently been added (in addition to the one from Bait al-Ashwal). It is a carefully engraved epitaph on an alabaster slab, in Aramaic-Hebrew (using the formal Jewish script, presumably fourth-century) and Sabaean. The opening phrase "This is the burial of Leah daughter of Judah" is in Aramaic, whereas the prayer formulae are in Hebrew, based mainly on Daniel 12:2 and 12:13. The Sabaean version has a similar but shorter text. In spite of the monumental script the language is clumsy. Some of the words do not exist in the Sabaean lexicon and are essentially Hebrew.

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