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OGIS: 726


DEDICATION OF JEWISH SYNAGOGUES IN EGYPT

Greek text:   IFayoum_1.1 , Delta_1.414.3
Date:   245-221 B.C.
Format:   see key to translations

These two inscriptions, dating from the reign of Ptolemaios Euergetes, provide the earliest evidence for the dedication of synagogues in Egypt. Although they were found at different locations - A at Arsinoē-Krokodilopolis in the Faiyum, and B at Schedia near Kanopos in the Delta - their wording is almost identical. For a survey of early Jewish synagogues in Egypt, see "The Ancient Synagogue from Its Origins to 200 C.E.: A Source Book", section 3.1.6 ( Google Books ).



[A]   On behalf of king Ptolemaios the son of Ptolemaios and queen Berenike, his wife and sister, and their children, the Jews in Krokodilopolis dedicated this prayer hall.

[B]   On behalf of king Ptolemaios the son of Ptolemaios and queen Berenike, his wife and sister, and their children, the Jews dedicated this prayer hall.

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