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Bibil Identifier bibil:247618
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Remains of Tefillin from Naḥal Ṣeʾelim (Wadi Seiyal): A Leather Case and Two Inscribed Fragments (34Se 1 A–B)
Title (English, ) With Paleographic Analysis by Ada Yardeni
Author Adler, Yonatan
Journal Dead Sea Discoveries (Volume: 24, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2017
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2017
Year (Copyright) 2017
Year (Reference) 2017
Language English
Pages 112-137 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The present study presents and discusses the tefillin (phylactery) remains found in Cave 34 at Naḥal Ṣeʾelim within the framework of Yohanan Aharoni’s first 1960 expedition to the Judean Desert. Presented here are a leather tefillin case, never before reported upon, and two inscribed tefillin slips (34ṢePhyl A and 34ṢePhyl B) which have until now received only preliminary treatment. Very few close parallels to the Naḥal Ṣeʾelim tefillin slips are known from elsewhere in the Judean Desert. Both the tefillin slips and the case appear quite compatible with rabbinic descriptions and prescriptions, although there is little reason to label these ritual objects as in some way or another “rabbinic”. The paleographic analysis of the tefillin slips suggests that the texts were penned sometime in the second half of the first century CE. While a Bar Kokhba period date for the deposit of the tefillin remains in Cave 34 does not appear at all unlikely, an earlier dating—possibly First Revolt period—must not be precluded.
DOI 10.1163/15685179-12341413
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Sites : Sites (M - P) : Nahal Ze`elim / Wadi Saiyal
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Phylacteries
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Periods : Roman Period (37 BCEE- 324 CE.)
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