Trumpeting Place inscription

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Trumpeting Place inscription
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The Trumpeting Place inscription in its current location
Material Basalt
Size L: 84 cm: H: 31 cm; W 26 cm
Writing Square Hebrew alphabet
Created 1st century CE[1]
Discovered 1968
Present location Israel Museum
Identification IAA 78-1439

The Trumpeting Place inscription is an inscribed stone from the 1st century CE discovered in 1968 by Benjamin Mazar in his early excavations of the southern wall of the Temple Mount. The stone, showing just two complete words (לבית התקיעה, “lebeit hatekiya”)[2][3] written in the Square Hebrew alphabet, was carved above a wide depression cut into the inner face of the stone.[4] The first word is translated as “to the place” and the second word “of trumpeting” or “of blasting” or “of blowing”, giving the phrase “To the Trumpeting Place”. The subsequent words of the inscription are cut off. The third word (…לה), which is incomplete, has been interpreted as either “declare” or “distinguish”, giving either: “to declare [the Sabbath]” or “to distinguish [between the sacred and the profane]”, where the words in square brackets represent scholarly conjecture.[2][4][5]

It is believed to be a directional sign for the priests who blew a trumpet announcing the beginning and end of the Shabbat in the Second Temple period.[6] It is thought to have fallen from the southwest corner of the Temple Mount to the street below prior to its discovery. It has been connected to a passage in Josephus‘s The Jewish War (IV, ix, 12) in which he describes a part of the Temple: “the point where it was custom for one of the priests to stand and to give notice, by sound of trumpet, in the afternoon of the approach, and on the following evening of the close, of every seventh day”.



Two possible extensions of the inscription

Reconstruction of the full inscription in the Jerusalem Archaeological Park

See also


  • Benjamin Mazar (1978). “Herodian Jerusalem in the Light of the Excavations South and South-West of the Temple Mount”. Israel Exploration Journal. 28 (4): 234. JSTOR 27925680.



Jerusalem Milestones: A guide to the archaeological sites, Ronny Reich, Gideon Avni, Tamar Winter, p. 28


About johnmhummasti

Was the victim of Human Rights Abuses (e.g. Hummasti v Bell, 98-3651-JTC) while a patient in the custody of the US Attorney General and hospitalized under 18 USC 4241 through 4244, et seq.! Interests: Biblical Studies, Talmudic Studies, Dead Sea (Yam Melek [Sea of Kings Soferim]) Scrolls, Scribal (Stam Sofer) Traditions, Cantorial (Hazzan) Psalms (Tehillim). Illustrated Calligraphy (e.g. Ketuvim [Jewish Marriage Contracts], Poetry). Self Published Manuscripts and Screen Plays at yhummastiscribd web site:
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