Priestly Benediction Mounted Silver Amulet. Adaptation. Ketef Hinom, Jerusalem. 7th - 6th Century B.C.E.

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Feel royal with this ancient priestly blessing mounted amulet necklace:

  • Fashioned in sterling silver as an adaptation a small plaque revealing almost identical verses to the priestly blessing (Numbers 6:24-26).
  • Found from the excavations right outside the Old City in Ketef Hinom dating back from the times of the First Temple.
  • Spiritual and stylish, this piece will surely make a great gift for the one who appreciate Jewish history!

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925 Sterling Silver

Size: 0.8" X 2" / 2 X 5 cm 

The excavations at Ketef Hinom, overlooking the walls of the Old City, revealed part of the cemetery which served Jerusalem during the time of the First Temple. In one of the burial caves cut into the bedrock were discovered two tiny silver scrolls. When unrolled in the Israel Museum labaratories, they were found to be plaques incised with tiny letters in ancient Hebrew script. 

Each Plaque bears a slightly different version of the same text. The smaller one reads: 'The Lord bless thee and keep thee; the Lord make his face shine upon thee and give thee peace'. This version is almost identical to the Priestly Benediction in Numbers 6:24-26. 

These plaques date back 2600 years, to the time of last kings of Judah. As such, they are the earliest known fragment of a biblical text, antedating the scrolls from Qumran by some four hundred years. 

The pendant is a handmade adaptation of the small plaque.  

A sterling silver chain in your choice of length is available for an additional fee. 

Courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority. 

This item comes with a certificate of authenticity of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem together with a description of its historical background in English and Hebrew.

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem is among the world's most highly rated encyclopedic museums. It holds the biggest collection of ancient Israel and Bible Lands antiquities on the planet, and is home to groundbreaking archaeological discoveries such as the Dead Sea Scrolls. The museum creates replicas and adaptations of Jewish and Israeli artifacts from around the world; these rare pieces make wonderful gifts.

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