Friday, May 24, 2013

D'Antraigues's Witness to Sinaitic Inscriptions Confirmed

A curious fact is mentioned by Mr Forster with reference to these inscriptions. An artist in the train of Le Comte d'Antraigues, in 1779, made a fac simile of an inscription on Djebel Mokatteb. This was printed in the posthumous letters of the historian Miiller. No reading could be obtained of this print until Mr Forster discovered it had, from ignorance, been printed upside down. By restoring its position, it was found identical with No. 68 of Mr Grey's Collection, being the Title to the inscription recording the passage of the Red Sea.[Henry Barclay The Sinaitic inscriptions, the evidences of their Hebrew Origins p 68]

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