Tombstones bearing Hebrew inscriptions in Aden (Part 2)Part I is noted here. This installment deals mostly with early modern inscriptions.
The study of tombstone inscriptions from Aden provides us with more than just a possible time horizon for the presence of the Jews in southern Arabia. The letter forms used in the inscriptions are an important asset for Hebrew palaeography. A number of inscriptions use some of the oldest known styles of Hebrew characters. Furthermore, a few epitaphs from the same cemetery and seemingly from the same period exhibit styles of letters that are either inconsistent or completely different.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
JEWISH TOMBSTONES IN YEMEN II: