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Inscriptions of Israel/Palestine

The Inscriptions of Israel/Palestine project is compiling an internet-accessible database of published inscriptions from Israel/Palestine dated ca. 500 BCE to 614 CE. This timespan roughly corresponds to the Persian, Greek, and Roman periods. The database will make accessible the approximately 10,000 inscriptions published to date and will include substantial contextual information for these inscriptions, including images and geographic information.

Inscriptions of Israel/Palestine has been online at its present location since 2002 and was among the first freely-accessible online databases of inscriptions. The project began in 1996 at the Institute for Advanced Digital Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia as a prototype under the name "Inscriptions of the Land of Israel." We originally designed a structure for our data in Standard General Markup Language (SGML). Much of this structure underlies the present Epidoc standard (in XML) which we and many other digital inscription projects now share.

The project moved to Brown University in 2002, and soon went into production under the auspices of the Scholarly Technology Group, now reorganized as the Center for Digital Scholarship, a unit of the Brown University Library. IIP has been generously supported by the Center of Digital Scholarship and the Goldhirsh-Yellin Foundation.

Inscriptions in IIP are any texts written on durable materials (excepting coins). These inscriptions are mainly in Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, and Latin, although inscriptions may feature other languages as well. The inscriptions have been written by Jews, Christians, and traditional Greeks and Romans (i.e., “pagans”). Published in many small collections or even individually in journal articles, these inscriptions are collected here in one place.

The Inscriptions of Israel/Palestine can be browsed and searched at . Distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. All reuse or distribution of this work must contain somewhere a link to the DOI of the Inscriptions of Israel/Palestine Project: This is version 1.0 of the data (June 2019).

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