Jewish Amulet

japd64.jpgThis has been in the news for a few weeks now — an amulet containing the Shema, from Deuteronomy 6:4, was discovered in Austria. It dates from about the third century of our era. “This amulet shows that people of Jewish faith lived in what is today Austria since the Roman Empire.” Universität Wien has more details. The inscription is a Greek transliteration of the Hebrew: ΣΥΜΑ ΙΣΤΡΑΗΛ ΑΔΩNΕ ΕΛΩΗ ΑΔΩN Α (Heb., שמע ישראל יהוה אלהינו יהוה אחד). If you cannot make out the Greek and Hebrew, see the image below.

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Greek ring of Thrace

In my previous post I mentioned the discovery of various archaeological finds in Bulgaria this past weekend. The ring itself has a clear inscription in Greek. It may have been used as an official stamp, since, from what I can read, the letters are depicted in reverse. The inscription reads: ΤΗΡΗΤΟΣ ΣΗΥΣΑ (Τηρητος Σηυσα). Click on the image for a larger view.