Re: [ANE-2] Qeyafa Inscription Revisited
On 3/01/2010, at 9:20 PM, zmbq wrote:
> Brian Colless just posted his attempt to decipher the Qeyafa
> inscription. It can be found here: http://cryptcracker.blogspot.com/2010/01/qeiyafa-ostracon-inscription-this-large.html
> Itay Zandbank
Good spotting! I am grateful to you for announcing this.
I am still fiddling with it at this very moment. That is the good
thing about publishing through a medium which allows the author to
correct any mistakes or change details immediately.
I have spent the Christmas season letting this text take over my
brain. When the ostracon was shown to Frank Cross he had two sleepless
nights, as reported in the chronicle:
I would like to know whether he came up with a reading and an
interpretation of the inscription.
Can anyone with connections now get the Izbet Sartah and Beth Shemesh
ostraca "spectrally imaged" (or whatever).
On the 25th of December 2009 I received this from Jack Sasson's AGADE:
Just published today, a final excavation report for the 2007-2008
excavation seasons at Khirbet Qeiyafa (including the ostracon). A
digital printing of 100 copies.
Khirbet Qeiyafa Vol. 1. Excavation Report 2007�2008
Yosef Garfinkel and Saar Ganor
XX + 304 pages, 21 x 31 cm, c. 350 illustrations, 94 pages with color
$72 ($54 to members of the Israel Exploration Society), airmail
Orders: Israel Exploration Society, E-mail: ies@...
This spurred me to make an assault on both gates of the fortress of
Sha`arayim (Qeiyafa), and what I have discovered is an oracle
regarding a prophet ('servant of God') named M$ (Moshe, Moses?).
Ambiguity abounds in texts like this, and I still need a perfect
picture of the inscription to see whther my identifications of various
signs can be verified or falsified.
Another posting will follow this, giving a summary (transcription and
You have seen that I also put my study of the Wadi el-Hol inscription
on my newly formatted cryptcracker site.
I will now return to writing up articles on some West Semitic syllabic
inscriptions (one on a seal from southern Canaan, another on a bronze
beaker dug up in the bush in Jamaica)
Massey University, Aotearoa New Zealand
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