Mystery message in ancient Israeli bath site

News smidgen:

Well-preserved Aramaic inscriptions are discovered in a cave including a depiction of a the sacred menorah.

Source: Mysterious Message Found in 2000-Year-Old Ritual Bath in Jerusalem : Discovery News

A mysterious message has been found in an underground cave which turned out to house the remains of a Jewish ritual bath, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said Wednesday.

The inscriptions are in the ancient language of Aramaic — the language spoken in the time of Jesus — and written in cursive Hebrew script, which was customary at the end of the Second Temple period. This era spans about six hundred years, beginning in 530 B.C. and ending with the destruction of the second Jewish Temple by the Romans in 70 A.D.

Experts are trying to decipher the message — so far without much success.

Photo credit: Shai Halevy/Israel Antiques Authority

Photo credit: Shai Halevy/Israel Antiquities Authority

  5 comments for “Mystery message in ancient Israeli bath site

  1. padego
    August 8, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    My Aramaic’s a little rusty but a cursory glance reveals something about a rubber ducky being the one.


    Move over Jesus.

  2. GrahamH
    August 8, 2015 at 1:15 PM

    Bodes well for truckstop washrooms. 2 millenia from now, historians will be trying to understand ‘call xxx-xxxx for a good time’.
    I’m sure the religous will find spiritual meaning, abductionists will find a message from aliens etc.

  3. August 8, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    Since it appears that legitimate archaeologists are on the case, we may well get reasonable scholarly decoding of the inscriptions–or at least reasonable scholarly debate. My sense is that the religious right doesn’t pay as much attention to scrolls and mikvehs as they do to the shroud of Turin and images of Jesus or Mary on a grilled cheese sandwich.

    By the way, for anyone wishing to see a somewhat clearer image of the alleged Aramaic characters, go to (The same Antiquities photog is credited for both images). Remember to read right-t0-left if you’re fixin’ to beat the experts to decoding the “mystery.”

  4. Shan
    August 9, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    Or Preston Nichols or al bielek will announce that they wrote it last week or even next week!

  5. busterggi (Bob Jase)
    August 10, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    If the experts can’t decipher bathroom graffitti how well did they translate the bible?

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