It has been a few months since our last post, but there has been a lot of new content added at IIP in the past several months! Our new website is up, running, and looking pretty good, if we might say so. Check out our story about preserving sacred springs, written by Isabel Greider. We have also been posting weekly on our Instagram account, if you want bite-sized bits of ancient epigraphy as part of your weekly schedule along with notifications about special updates.
Since last July, we have added 167 new inscriptions, all of which are linked below. Perusing these new inscriptions, you will encounter a number of highlights. MERO0003 is a fascinating amulet, written in Hebrew in the Byzantine period – it invokes God and various angels in hopes of achieving magical power over someone. NABR0001 is a lintel that, interestingly, is dated with respect to the destruction of the Jewish temple, being erected 494 years after that event. Finally, BALF0002 is a mosaic inscription from a synagogue with the signs of the Zodiac on it. Astrology often figured into the practice of ancient religions and Judaism was no exception.
We’ve also added images for many existing inscriptions, not to mention those for new inscriptions. Last summer our own Christopher Zeichmann spent some time in Jerusalem and took lots of photos for inscriptions for the website, some many from museums and others are scans from public domain books. How many? 147 in total! New inscriptions with images have been indicated below and we hope that you’ll click around to find the images for existing inscriptions. There are plenty more images we will be adding, once we are able to identify the inscription to which it corresponds.
Finally, we have been hard at work, especially under the leadership of Dr. Christine Roughan, creating word lists and rich indexing. Stay tuned for implementation. In the meantime, you can see our work (beta version) here.
Entirely new inscriptions (in alphabetical order of location):
Khirbet Siyar el-Ghanam
Khirbet Umm el’Umdan