A renewed reading of Hebrew ostraca from cave A-2 at ramat beit shemesh (Nahal Yarmut), based on multispectral imaging

Anat Mendel-Geberovich, Shira Faigenbaum-Golovin, Arie Shaus, Barak Sober, Michael Cordonsky, Eli Piasetzky, Israel Finkelstein, Ianir Milevski

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Abstract

Three Hebrew ostraca, found near Khirbet Zanu' (Horvat Zanoah) and published by Milevski and Naveh in 2005, were re-imaged using a high-end multispectral imaging technique. The re-imaging yielded dozens of changed or added characters and resulted in renewed, larger and improved readings, hereby published. In addition, we interpret the texts of the ostraca and place them in the context of the economy and administration of Judah in the seventh century BCE.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)682-701
Number of pages20
JournalVetus Testamentum
Volume69
Issue number4-5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Hebrew epigraphy
  • Hieratic signs
  • Iron Age
  • Lists
  • Multispectral imaging
  • Nahal Yarmut
  • Ramat Beit Shemesh
  • Seventh century BCE

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