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Dear List People,
I have read in several histories of Palmyra, Syria---or histories of
that section of the world---that during the 1st century c.e., Palmyra
had a large Jewish population. These books were fairly
recent histories---perhaps written within the past 15 yrs. None of
these books provided data to back up this claim. I have checked several
books on Palmyrean temple excavations but have not found any evidence of
a synagogue---of course, in the 1st century a sysnagoguue would be
Nor have I found evidence of Jewish sarcaphagi.
I think Aharoni, in his atlas, lists Palmyra as a Jewish population
My question: What evidence do we have that Palymyra had a Jewish
population in the 1st. cent. c.e?