A 2000-year-old Hebrew engraving with the first written evidence of the name Yerushalayim have been found on a column drum dating from the Herodian period.
The find marks the first discovery in which Yerushalayim is found written in the Hebrew spelling of “Yerushalayim” used today in Modern Hebrew. The inscription on the column, believed to date back to the time of the Bayis Shayni, reads “Hananiah son of Dudolos from Yerushalayim” and is etched on a limestone column drum.
Speaking at the conference, Dr. Yuval Baruch of the IAA and Prof Ronny Reich of Haifa University noted the rarity of the find:
“First and Second Temple period inscriptions mentioning Jerusalem are quite rare. But even more unique is the complete spelling of the name as we know it today, which usually appears in the shorthand version. This is the only stone inscription of the Second Temple period known where the full spelling appears.”
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