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[270] Dedication of a Synagogue by Theodotos (before 70 CE) Jerusalem - Judea, Samaria, and the Galilee

Jerusalem (Judea, Samaria, and the Galilee, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), before 70 CE
AGRW 270 = CIJ 1404 = John S. Kloppenborg, “Dating Theodotus (CIJ II 1404),” Journal of Jewish Studies 51 (2000) 243-280 = AGRW ID# 1883


Block of limestone designed for mounting on a wall.

Theodotos son of Vettenus, priest and head of the synagogue (archisynagōgos), son of a head of the synagogue, and grandson of a head of the synagogue, built the synagogue (synagogē) for the reading of the law and for the teaching of the commandments, as well as the guest room, the chambers, and the water fittings as an inn for those in need from abroad, the synagogue which his fathers founded with the elders and Simonides.

Translation by: Kloppenborg

θ[ε]όδοτος Οὐεττήνου, ἱερεὺς καὶ | ἀ[ρ]χισυνάγωγος, υἱὸς ἀρχισυν[αγώ]|γ[ο]υ, υἱονὸς ἀρχισυν[α]γώγου, ᾠκο|δόμησε τὴν συναγωγ[ὴ]ν εἰς ἀν[άγν]ω||σ[ιν] νόμου καὶ εἰς [δ]ιδαχ[ὴ]ν ἐντολῶν, καὶ τ[ὸ]ν ξενῶνα, κα[ὶ τὰ] δώματα καὶ τὰ χρη|σ[τ]ήρια τῶν ὐδάτων εἰς κατάλυμα τοῖ|ς [χ]ρῄζουσιν ἀπὸ τῆς ξέ[ν]ης, ἢν ἐθεμε|λ[ίμω]σαν οἱ πατέρες [α]ὐτοῦ καὶ οἱ πρε||σ[β]ύτεροι καὶ Σιμων[ί]δης.

AGRW 270: The Theodotos inscription from Jerusalem.
© John S. Kloppenborg 2012.


Item added: June 15, 2012
Item modified: January 22, 2016
ID number: 1883
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