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Ossuary bearing an Aramaic inscription reading, "Simon, builder of the Temple"

UnknownHerodian Period, 1st century CE

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Herod employed thousands of workers, among them a thousand priests, in the construction of the Temple. Simon was one of them. This ossuary (burial chest) is simple and unadorned, but its inscription is carefully written in a legible hand, once on the long side and once on the short side. It can be assumed that Simon was a skilled craftsman whose contribution to the construction of the Temple earned him the title – at least in the eyes of his family – "builder of the Temple."

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  • Title: Ossuary bearing an Aramaic inscription reading, "Simon, builder of the Temple"
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: Herodian Period, 1st century CE
  • Location: Jerusalem
  • Type: Ossuary
  • Rights: Israel Antiquities Authority, Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem / by Abraham Hay
  • External Link: Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • Medium: Soft limestone
  • Dimensions: H: 33 cm, L: 59 cm, W: 28.5 cm
  • Curator: Mevorah, David

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