Tuesday, November 13, 2007
THE TOMB OF EZEKIEL in Kifl, Iraq, was mentioned on PaleoJudaica here several years ago. I doubt that it's Ezekiel's actual tomb, but it is a real building (unlike Lara Croft's Tomb of Ezekiel -- see here). Anyhow, my former student Sam Giere has e-mailed to point out that a couple of photographs of the Tomb of Ezekiel in Iraq are posted on a website belonging to the Oberlin Art Department. This one shows the building from the outside. Cool, eh? And this one shows part of a Hebrew inscription on the inside. The first part of the inscription is outside the frame, but the rest reads הנביא בן בוזי הכהן זכותו ינן עלינו ועל כל ישראל אמן, "... the prophet, son of Buzi, the priest. May his merit increase upon us and upon all Israel. Amen." The prophet in question is, of course, Ezekiel, who was a priest and whose father's name was indeed Buzi (Ezekiel 1:3).