Newly Found Burial Catacombs and Inscriptions from the Necropolis at Beth Shearim

Adi Erlich, Jonathan Price

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Beth Shearim in Lower Galilee was an important Jewish village in the Roman period, with an extensive necropolis containing lavish tombs that provided burial for Jews from across the Roman East. The necropolis is renowned for its many inscriptions in Greek, Aramaic, Hebrew, and more. Two catacombs previously unknown were discovered recently in the western part of the necropolis. Each contains a few halls shaped as corridors with arcosolium chambers along the walls. Each arcosolium accommodates 3-4 burial places. In one of the caves, two Greek inscriptions painted in red were found; one, written on a slab of stone, mentions a proselyte named Jacob, while the other, inscribed on the wall, mentions Judah, the owner of the tomb. This article deals with the catacombs and the inscriptions in the context of late Roman Palestine.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal for the Study of Judaism
StateAccepted/In press - 2024

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© 2024 Adi Erlich and Jonathan Price.


  • Beth Shearim
  • Catacombs
  • Epigraphy
  • Proselyte
  • Roman Galilee

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Religious studies
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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