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Samaritan mezuzah bearing an inscription with parts of the Ten Commandments

4th century CE

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Jerusalem, Israel

Various objects bearing Samaritan inscriptions, written in a script similar to ancient Hebrew, have survived. Among these are large stones inscribed with the Ten Commandments. These were apparently mezuzot, inscriptions placed at the entrances to houses in keeping with religious law. However, they reflect a tradition different from the Jewish one, in which mezuzot are parchment scrolls affixed to doorposts that bear two other passages from Deuteronomy.

Details

  • Title: Samaritan mezuzah bearing an inscription with parts of the Ten Commandments
  • Date Created: 4th century CE
  • Location: Mount Gerizim, Samaria
  • Type: Inscription
  • Rights: Israel Antiquities Authority, Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem / by Elie Posner
  • External Link: Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • Medium: Stone
  • Dimensions: H. 63.5 cm, L. 51.5 cm
  • Curator: Mevorah, David

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