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In: Jews and Christians in the First and Second Centuries: The Interbellum 70‒132 CE
Author: Boaz Zissu

"QUMRAN TYPE" GRAVES IN JERUSALEM: ARCHAEOLOGICAL EVIDENCE OF AN ESSENE COMMUNITY? BOAZ ZISSU Israel Antiquities Authority In a salvage excavation' performed by the Israel Antiquities Authority in Beit Safafa (southern Jerusalem), fifty graves from the Second Temple Period were discovered, of which forty-one were excavated. Description of the Graves The graves that were discovered constitute part of a large graveyard which was severely damaged by development activities (see fig. 1). Many graves were razed by mechanical tools prior to the commence- ment of archeological work on the site, while others have not yet been uncovered. The graveyard extended to the

In: Dead Sea Discoveries
In: ‘Go Out and Study the Land’ (Judges 18:2)
In: Viewing Ancient Jewish Art and Archaeology
Authors: Avner Ecker and Boaz Zissu


A clay seal from the collection of the late professor Dan Barag bears an inscription The Boule of Baitolethepha. The village of Baitolethepha (Beit-Nattif/Pella) was the administrative center of a Toparchy in Judea. This seal seems to prove that central toparchy villages, at least in Roman period Judea, had local councils called boulai and that this type of institution was not exclusive to poleis.

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In: Journal for the Study of Judaism