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Serabit el-Khadim Inscription



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Description:
This inscription, discovered by William Flinders Petrie in 1904, dated to about 1500 BCE, was found on rocks in Serabit El-Khadim in the Sinai Penninsula. The ancinet letter 'aleph' is clearly visible in the upper left corner of the image. Not as visible is the letter 'lamed' below the aleph, and the letter 'mem' to the right of the aleph, forming the word m'el meaning 'from God'.

Era:
Early Semitic Script

Image Credit:
Prof. James R. (Jim) Harris and Dann W Hone

Date of Inscription:
c. 1500 BCE

Location of Discovery:
Serabit el-Khadim, Sinai Penninsula

Date of Discovery:
Early 20th Century

Current Location:
Serabit el-Khadim, Sinai Penninsula

Language:
Unknown Semitic (Many Semitic words are common among many differnt tribes)

Writing Surface:
Stone

Inscription:
מאל

Transliteration:
Me'AL

Translation:
From God

Comments:
The "L" is barely visible but is located below the "Aleph - ox head". The "Mem" is located to the right of the "Aleph".






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