Fine_Steven_59329c-35-1The unique story of Dr. Steven Fine’s undergraduate Ancient Jewish History class and its semester-long quest to decipher a 5th-century, Aramaic-language, Jewish woman’s tombstone featured in The New York Times last week. The project involved close correspondence with Californian Pastor Carl Morgan, also curator of the Woodland Museum of Biblical Archaeology, who was in possession the tombstone and answered the class’s various questions about the artifact’s appearance and dimensions. In the end, Morgan generously chose to donate the tombstone to the Yeshiva University Museum, believing that the non-biblical tombstone of “Sa’adah, daughter of Pi[nchas]” belonged in a Jewish institution.

The story was also picked up by The Jewish Week in October.



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