23 August 2011

Read an Ancient Jewish Scroll

Read an Ancient Jewish Scroll, by Peter Tyson (NOVA, 23 November 2004)

Abstract:
One of the most spectacular finds in Israel’s Cave of Letters, as reported in NOVA’s “Ancient Refuge in the Holy Land,” was a packet of personal documents that belonged to a young Jewish woman named Babatha. Probably born around A.D. 104, Babatha became a woman of means who, by the time of her death around 132, owned valuable properties left to her by her father and her two husbands. In this interactive, have a close look at one of the 35 papyrus scrolls in the Babatha archive—a registration of land dating from the year 127—and get an inkling of what life was like for a well-to-do Jewish woman living under Roman rule in the second century. For more background on Babatha’s extraordinary life, see the article "Babatha's Life and Times" below.
Link: Read an Ancient Jewish Scroll


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