Bronze Prutah

A bronze prutah of the Maccabean king John Hyrcanus I  (135-104 B,C,E,) which reads: “ Yehohanan the High Priest and the Council of the Jews.”

A prutah is an ancient Jewish coin from the Hasmonean Dynasty. The Hasmoneans issued small bronze prutahs with double-cornucopias on one side and a Hebrew inscription on the other, as shown here. Another common type of prutah has an anchor on one side and a star or wheel on the other. 


A sequence of rulers from the same family.

Relating to the dynasty established by Simon Maccabeus that ruled Israel independently from 140-37 B.C.E.

A dynasty that ruled Israel from 140-37 B.C.E.; their origin is recounted in 1 and 2 Maccabees.

A West Semitic language, in which most of the Hebrew Bible is written except for parts of Daniel and Ezra. Hebrew is regarded as the spoken language of ancient Israel but is largely replaced by Aramaic in the Persian period.

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