Inscriptions of Israel Palestine Inscriptions of Israel Palestine

Related Sites

While there are few websites that make available inscriptions from Israel/Palestine during the Persian, Hellenistic, and Roman periods, the WWW does contain many resources for study of the epigraphy, archaeology and history of Israel/Palestine, the Near East, and the classical world.

Epigraphy

circular floor mosaic

Tools

mosaic

Archaeology and Contexts

Inscriptions can best be understood in their local, archaeological contexts. For a quick guide to the state of archaeological excavations in particular sites in Israel, Archaeological Sites in Israel is quite useful. Compiled by the Israeli government, it links to brief descriptions of past and current archaeological work at each site.

Several other sites have educational value. The International Catacomb Society focuses on research on the Roman catacombs, with particular interest in Jewish catacombs. The site contains a number of good maps of these catacombs as well as images and bibliographies available to members. An online exhibit, Scrolls from the Dead Sea, offers a useful introduction to the community at Qumran. The Virtual World Project is an innovative attempt to make accessible archaeological plans and multimedia presentations of sites in the ancient Mediterranean.

The Israeli Antiquities Authority runs a very informative and sophisticated educational site, the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, devoted to the archaeology of Jerusalem from its origins to the beginning of the twentieth century.

In addition to archaeology, both contemporary literature and history are contexts for the study of these inscriptions. Standard printed versions of the Bible, Mishnah, Palestinian and Babylonian Talmuds can be found in a Hebrew website http://kodesh.snunit.k12.il. Links to many other texts (and other resources), both in the original and translation, can be found through the resource site of the Dinur Center for the Research of Jewish History.

There are a vast number of sites devoted to Greek and Latin archaeology and literature online. Probably the most extensive of these is the Perseus Digital Library. Metis provides access to many plans of and articles on archaeological excavations.