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Two Jews Praise God at a Temple of Pan

Stefano Struffolino    Università degli Studi di Milano    



On the rock walls at the Pan temple in al-Kanāys (Egypt), stand out two blessings to God from men with Greek names who define themselves as Ἰουδαῖοι. Their presence in a pagan place of worship is likely to be interpreted in the sense of sharing a common epigraphic practice, inspired by the need to send an eternal thanks for the protection during a difficult journey. The nature of the divinity does not seem to have been a problematic element. These graffiti can be seen as an example of integration and hellenization while maintaining their own religious identity. The dating can probably be placed in the second part of the Ptolemaic period.

Keywords: Pan. Paneion. Egitto tolemaico. Ebrei nell’Egitto tolemaico. Graffiti. Proskynema. Mar Rosso. Deserto orientale egiziano. Economia dell’Egitto Ellenistico. Religione ebraica.

Language: it

Submitted: July 31, 2020
Accepted: Sept. 22, 2020
Published: Dec. 22, 2020

permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/Axon/2532-6848/2020/02/010

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