Journal of The Jesus Movement in Its Jewish Setting from the First to the Seventh Century
Thanks for this welcome new journal!
It may be a minor point, but the Gabriel Inscription--of uncertain provenance--may not be "the only known text from the Dead Sea region written on stone." De Vaux excavated in Qumran a text inked on limestone. Though it is smaller and fragmentary, it may be worth noting. KhQ 2207 was uncovered in locus 129 on 26 Feb, 1955. Pages 360-362 in Lemaire, A. 2003 Inscriptions du Khirbeh, des grottes et de ʻAïn Feshkha. Pp. 341-88 in
Khirbet Qumrân et de Khirbet Qumrân et ʻAïn Feshkha. II. etudes d’anthropologie, de physique et de chimie, eds. J.-B. Humbert and J. Gunneweg. Fribourg: Academic Press.
Thanks to Stephen for this note, a welcome supplement to my initial characterization of the Gabriel Inscription. I will check up Lemaire's edition of this text. Further, some Qumran jars (including the cylindrical jar in The Schøyen Collection) have Hebrew letters inked on them. During a recent visit to the Rockefeller Museum, I studied jar KhQ1401, where I see three Hebrew letters (yod, alep, inverted nun), where Lemaire (pp. 354–5) reads the Latin LXI. The nun might be inverted because it 'bumps' into the jar handle.
Heresy Without Orthodoxy