Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Tombstones bearing Hebrew inscriptions in Aden (Part 2)
A. Klein-Franke

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.

Part I is noted here. This installment deals mostly with early modern inscriptions.

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