The New York Times Features Students in Dr. Steven Fine’s Ancient Jewish History Class Who Are Deciphering a Unique Artifact 

They figured out her first name, but not her father’s. They know where and when she died, but not her age or the cause of death. They could not tell whether she was married.

Dr. Steven Fine

Dr. Steven Fine with the tombstone

This is a detective story, but not the ripped-from-the-headlines kind. The woman died more than 1,600 years ago, in what is now Jordan. The detectives are a few students at Yeshiva University in Upper Manhattan and a professor who is sometimes called the Jewish Robert Langdon, referring to the fictional Harvard professor of iconology in the Dan Brown books and the movie “The Da Vinci Code.”

All they had to go on was the woman’s tombstone. Read the rest of this entry…

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