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A new Negev Arabic inscription

  • Yehuda D. Nevo


In the Northern Church of the Negev town whose name has been preserved by the local Arabs as Ruḥeibe, on a flagstone still in situ in the south-westernpart of the atrium, Loc. 523, the following inscription was carefully and clearly inscribed:



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Tsafrir, (1988) = Tsafrir, Yoram, Excavations at Reḥovot-in-the-Negev. Vol. I, The Northern Church. Qedem, 25, Jerusalem, 1988.

A new Negev Arabic inscription

  • Yehuda D. Nevo


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