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Hebrew Carvings on Column Lend Weight to Galilee Village’s Jewish Past

Elderly Jewish resident with the 1,800-year-old inscriptions (Photo: IAA/Ritvo, courtesy of Beit Zinati) Elderly Jewish resident with the 1,800-year-old inscriptions (Photo: IAA/Ritvo, courtesy of Beit Zinati)

During restoration work in Galilee, researchers found 1,800-year-old Hebrew inscriptions etched into a limestone block, reports The Times of Israel. This gives more evidence that the area could have been a place for Jewish scholarship in ancient times.

The inscriptions, etched into a limestone block buried beneath a courtyard of a building adjacent to the village’s 19th-century synagogue, were found during restoration work, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced Tuesday…

The IAA did disclose that the inscriptions appeared to be dedications by donors to the synagogue, lending support to the tradition of a Jewish presence during the Roman period.

The restoration work was carried out in the synagogue and adjacent Beit Zinati, which belong to the sole remaining member of the village’s historic Jewish community and today serves as a visitor’s center.

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