- May 2011
- Rural Australia
This is the find where we can detect the presence of an overbar [sissaeus inscription].
Thanks AlpinLuke. We can also clearly detect the presence of a barcode which, unless Yale were ahead of the technology, dates the picture to the 1970's at the earliest. Yale packed the murals up in packing crates and sent them to the US in 1932. Restoration work was undertaken. The picture above is thus taken after the restoration work. I'd like to see some confirmation that the overbars were present earlier than the 1970's.
Sissaeus is a Jewish name. King David's secretary?
Without the overbar, XPIC as XPIC(TES) is the usual abbreviation for Χρίστης – Χρίσ[της] - one who colours with whitewash, a whitewasher or stucco-maker. By usual I mean the method of abbreviating the Greek using the first four letters. XPIC without the overbars could also be an abbreviation for "16 years".
The Jewish King David features prominently in this religious room. It has been pointed out that if the occupants were Jewish then there should have been present a "Torah niche". I have asked the following question earlier, abd still have not found an answer .... AFAIK the Torah niche was inset into the wall that faced Jerusalem? Is this correct? Which wall housed the Torah niche in the openly recognised Jewish Synagogue in Dura? Was it the WEST wall? What is on the west wall of the "Chapel"? The niche with the "baptismal font" or in general terms a water trough - unconnected to any plumbing. Did the trough have a lid? IDK. Hopkins didnt find a Torah but he found a niche