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1,700-year-old inscriptions linked to ‘rabbis’ unearthed in Galilee

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 Three 1,700-year-old funerary inscriptions referring to rabbis written in Aramaic and Greek were recently unearthed in Moshav Zippori, near the Western Galilee, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced on Wednesday.

The finding was made following a joint effort carried out by residents of the moshav, researchers from the Kinneret Institute for Galilean Archaeology of the Kinneret Academic College, and the IAA.

According to the IAA, two Aramaic inscriptions mention individuals referred to as “rabbis,” who were buried in the western cemetery of Zippori, although their names have yet to be deciphered.

“The importance of the epitaphs lies in the fact that they reflect the everyday life of the Jews of Zippori and their cultural world,” said Dr. Motti Aviam of the Kinneret Institute for Galilean Archaeology.

“Researchers are uncertain as to the meaning of the term ‘rabbi’ at the time when Rabbi Yehuda Ha-Nasi resided in Zippori together with the Tannaim, and after him by the Amoraim, the large groups of sages that studied in the city’s houses of learning.”

A notable surprise in the newly discovered inscriptions, Aviam said, is that one of the deceased was named “The Tiberian.”

“This is already the second instance of someone from Tiberias being buried in the cemetery at Zippori,” the researcher said. “It is quite possible that Jews from various parts of Galilee were brought to Zippori to be buried in the wake of the important activity carried out there by Rabbi Yehuda Ha-Nasi.”

Another possibility, Aviam postulated, is that “the man moved to Zippori and died there, but wanted to be remembered as someone who originally came from Tiberias.”

“In the second Aramaic epitaph the word


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