Near Eastern Languages & Cultures

New Light on the Egyptian Origin of the Hebrew Alphabet

The publication of a new inscription from Theban Tomb 99 sheds new light on the early history of the Hebrew Alphabet. This ostracon is a bilingual “abecedary” written in Egyptian Hieroglyphic and Semitic. It gives further evidence for an Egyptian connection to the origins of the early Hebrew alphabet.

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UCLA Near Eastern Languages & Cultures
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UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies
UCLA College of Humanities
Kershaw Chair of Ancient Eastern Mediterranean Studies
Cotsen Institute

New Archaeological Discoveries in Israel: The Case of Samson in Stone -Lecture by Jodi Magness

Samson in Stone: New Discoveries in the Ancient Synagogue at Huqoq in Israel's Galilee Since 2011. Professor Jodi Magness has been directing excavations in the ancient village of Huqoq in Israel's Galilee. The excavations have brought to light the remains of a monumental Late Roman (fifth century) synagogue building that is paved with stunning and unique mosaics, including depictions of the biblical hero Samson and the first non-biblical story ever discovered decorating an ancient synagogue.


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