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Jewish and Christian Tombstones from ancient Zoara/Zoora

Start: Dec 1, 2014 6:00:00 PM

Zoara
The Biblical town of Zoar, referred to as Zoora in a 6th century CE map, is located by modern Ghor es-Safi, at the southeastern shores of the Dead Sea in Jordan. Regular and illegal archeological excavations that took place in the 1980s and 1990s in the site brought to light an impressive number of Greek and Aramaic epitaphs inscribed on stone, dating to the 4th–6th centuries CE. Gravestones inscribed in Greek belong to Christian burials, while the fewer stones inscribed in Aramaic were attributed to Jewish burials. This is a major discovery, not only as these texts are of exceptional quality and unusual character, but also for their sheer number: the corpus of newly-discovered epitaphs from Zoara/Zoora comprises 386 Greek and ca. 50 Aramaic inscriptions. Such figures are unparalleled in most of the cities or towns in the Roman Near East.

Royal Jews: Jewish Life in Berkshire from the Readmission Till Today

Start: Dec 11, 2014 6:30:00 PM

Royal Jews
Rabbi Dr Jonathan Anidjar Romain MBE is a writer and broadcaster and minister of Maidenhead Synagogue in Berkshire, England. He has a PhD in the history of British Jewry. He writes for 'The Times', 'The Independent', 'The Guardian', 'The Jewish Chronicle' and appears on radio and television. He chaired the Movement for Reform Judaism's Assembly of Rabbis and for several years was one of the judges for both The Times Preacher of the Year competition and the BBC's Frank Gillard Awards for religious programmes. He also chairs the Accord Coalition, which he helped found as an alliance of religious and non-religious groups committed to campaigning against religious discrimination in state-funded faith schools. In November 2012 he established Inter-faith leaders for Dignity in Dying, an inter-faith group of clergy.
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