Jewish tombstone from Zo`ar at south end of Dead Sea
Click for larger view. The stone is now found in the Hecht Museum at the University of Haifa.
This stone is dated to 374 years after the destruction of the Second Temple, which is 442-443 CE, as we learn from the inscription. Notice not only the Hebrew writing, but also the menorah below the writing. The menorah was a well known, commonly used Jewish symbol in ancient times. The writing is similar in the form of the letters to that on the Dead Sea scrolls. It is readable to Hebrew readers today, although somewhat difficult.
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Coming: the Iraqi army around the time of the Farhoud, Jews in Jerusalem, et cetera.