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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Archaeologists Unearth Jewish Prayer

An amulet with a Jewish prayer has been found in a third-century child's grave in Austria, meaning Jews have been living in that area since the Roman Empire—much earlier than previously known. Before the discovery, letters dating back to the ninth century were the oldest evidence of Austrian Jewry. Archaeologists have been examining the amulet since 2006, but only announced the find last week because the inscription proved so difficult to decipher. The prayer, found on a tiny gold scroll inside a silver ornament, was written in Greek letters and taken from the Old Testament's book of Deuteronomy, say archaeologists from the University of Vienna, who made the find. The translation: "Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one." —Heather Wax