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Twelve Published and Unpublished Jewish Aramaic Ostraca Written in the “Jewish” Cursive Script

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Most of the finds in the "Jewish" cursive script date from the late Hasmonaean and Herodian periods as well as the post-Herodian period, i.e., the 1st century BCE to the early 2nd century CE. These finds include a few groups of Aramaic ostraca, mainly those from Masada and from the caves of the Judean desert. Out of the twelve mentioned in the chapter, the first five belong to the collection of Dr. David Jeselsohn. The sixth ostracon belongs to a private collection and not published so far. It is marked ISAP (The Institute for the Study of Aramaic Papyri) 715. Two unpublished ostraca belong to the collection of A. Spaer and are marked ISAP 1697 and 1698. The present location of the ninth ostracon is unknown. Two small ostraca belonging to the collection of Shlomo Moussaief have already been published by A. Lemaire. The last ostracon bears only one word.

Keywords:Aramaic ostraca; Hasmonaean period; Herodian period; ISAP; Jewish cursive script



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