God-Worshipers Inscription

God-Worshipers Inscription, third century C.E. Aphrodisias, Meander Valley, present-day Turkey. Photograph by Sarah Crossan.

The longest and most important Jewish inscription from antiquity, discovered there in 1966, stood outside, unprotected from weather until it was brought inside the site’s elegantly expanded museum in 2010. The term god-worshipers in the Bible generally indicates Gentiles who, out of respect for Jewish monotheism and morality, attended the synagogue regularly. This inscription is from the early third century C.E. and originally stood at the entrance to the Aphrodisias synagogue. It records the individual names of 126 donors to the building’s construction.


The historical period from the beginning of Western civilization to the start of the Middle Ages.

A religious system characterized by belief in the existence of a single deity.

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