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orion Spaceless "BYTYHWH" inscription
A fascinating report (with clear photograph) appears in the latest BAR,
concerning an ostracon that recently surfaced on the antiquities market.
Obviously, such objects must initially be viewed with suspicion, but this
one has (according to the report) been authenticated by several different
labs. The author of the BAR report (You-guess-who!) acknowledges the
assistance of two experts, P. Kyle McCarter and Benjamin Sass, in
The inscription appears to be some kind of a receipt for (or at least a
record of) a donation to a temple called *BYTYHWH* (that is, BYT YHWH
written as one word with no space between BYT and YHWH -- similar to the
Tel Dan inscription, which (albeit in square Aramaic characters) likewise
lacks a space between BYT and DWD. It is written in ancient Hebrew
characters and is claimed to refer to the First Temple. (Apparently a full
report will soon appear in the Near Eastern Archaeologist).
So, it seems that H.S. has once again set the cat among the pigeons!
The ball is now back in the court of the BETDOD-NIKS.......
"Agog with Anticipation"
Judith Romney Wegner