Temple Mount Inscriptions

A list of inscriptions created or modified for the purpose of installation on Temple Mount. The following list includes inscriptions currently in-situ, museums and/or other locations.

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The Trumpeting Place inscription is an inscribed stone from the 1st century CE discovered in 1968 by Benjamin Mazar in his early excavations of the southern wall of the Temple Mount. Trumpting Place Inscription, believed to be a directional sign for the priests who blew a trumpet, consistent with an account in Josephus. The stone, showing just two complete words (לבית התקיעה, "lebeit hatekiya") written in the Square Hebrew alphabet, was carved above a wide depression cut into the inner face of the stone.

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Temple Warning Inscription, is an inscription that hung along the balustrade outside the Sanctuary of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Two of these tablets have been found. The inscription was a warning to pagan visitors to the temple not to proceed further. Both Greek and Latin inscriptions on the temple's balustrade served as warnings to pagan visitors not to proceed under penalty of death. A complete inscription was discovered and now resides in Istanbul Archaeology Museums and a second partial fragment of the inscription was found in 1936 by J. H. Iliffe in Jerusalem's Lions' Gate, and is held in the Israel Museum.

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