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2,000-year-old cup inscription stumps experts

The discovery, in Mount Zion, of a Bible-era stone mug containing ten lines of mysterious script is leaving experts scratching their heads.

What sets the newfound cup apart is its inscription, which is still sharply etched but so far impossible to understand.

Similar to intentionally enigmatic writing in the Dead Sea Scrolls, the cup’s script appears to be a secret code, written in a mixture of Hebrew and Aramaic, the two written languages used in Jerusalem at the time.

“They wrote it intending it to be cryptic,” Gibson said.

3 thoughts on “2,000-year-old cup inscription stumps experts

  1. I wish the photo was detailed enough to see the script. I have a book about Aramaic incantation bowls that contains photos, line drawings of the script on them and an English interpretation of the script. It would be fun to see if there are comparable characters or phrases.

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