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On a fragment on PAM 43.400 (3rd down, top left,
assigned to 4Q468) I noted a tentative reading of
Aleph, Resh, Samekh...while noting R and S
as uncertain, and suggested the name might be
It won't work. After further study I think Resh is
not a possibility for the second letter. The top of the
Aleph establishes the height of the letters, and the
speck next to it to the left is too high to be the
right shoulder of a defaced Resh. Therefore there
can be no name Aristobulus.
As for what the reading actually is, its so broken
(except for the Aleph) it is difficult to say, but the
second letter looks like it might be a Nun. That
would give a name "AN-" . . . if that is the second letter.
Is the third letter a broken Taw? "ANT-". This would be
a name for any century of choice. Antiochus for Gmirkin,
Antigonus for Dierk, and Antipater for me. Antipas
for Eisenman. Now everyone can be happy.
In the fragment below, it looks like someone is
doing some hanging or crucifying. (BTWLTW.)
Unfortunately the worms have eaten the identity of
the verb's subject and object. Doesn't seem to be
the same scribe as the "ANT-(?)" fragment or the
Peitholaus fragment either. Kind of an interesting
plate of fragments.