The earliest stone inscription bearing the full spelling of the modern Hebrew word Yerushalayim was unveiled on Tuesday at the Israel Museum. The 2,000-year-old three-line inscription on a waist-high column reads: “Hananiah son of Dodalos of Jerusalem.”
The stone column was discovered earlier this year at an excavation near the Jerusalem International Convention Center at the entrance to the city by an Israel Antiquities Authority team. Archaeologist Danit Levi dates the column and its inscription to 100 BCE.
Israel Museum Director Prof. Ido Bruno said, “Every child who knows a few letters of Hebrew can read it and understand that 2,000 years ago, Jerusalem was written and spelled like today.”