RE: [XTalk] RE: Tyrian shekels
- At 12:14 AM 1/26/2004 -0800, you wrote:
> > -----Original Message-----Thanks. But then why do the initials appear only (?) on the Jerusalem shekels?
> > From: Bob Schacht [mailto:bobschacht@...]
> > Sent: Sunday, January 25, 2004 5:47 PM
> > I'm responding late because I
> > thought that someone else would ask the obvious question: What do the
> > letters KP refer to?
> > Perhaps its just an unimportant digression, but inquiring minds
> > want to know...
>As far as I know, nobody knows. It has been speculated that the kappa-rho
>could be an abbreviation for Caesar, or it might stand for "kratos" in
>reference to constitutional authority.
They ought to be a mark identifying them as approved for use in Jerusalem
or some such. Could they be a mark of Caiaphas, the high priest
(archiereus), whose name was spelled with a Kappa? And is the mark on the
coins a rho or a pi? If it was a rho, how come the quote says the initials
were KP not KR?
Robert M. Schacht, Ph.D.
Northern Arizona University
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