Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Sara Kopelman-Stavisky
Amulet of Yosi son of Zenobia
Meroth, Upper Galilee
5th–9th century CE
H: 13.8; W: 4.8 cm
Israel Antiquities Authority
Accession number: IAA 1984-317
This amulet, discovered under the doorstep to the synagogue, contains 26 lines of a rare text in Hebrew and Aramaic. The text is a request from Yosi son of Zenobia that God grant him unlimited rule over the members of the village similar to God’s unlimited rule over the world – fascinating testimony to power struggles within an ancient Jewish village.

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir