| Archeologists discover early Islamic coins featuring an image of a menorah
| Saturday, December 09, 2017
|Jihad Watch : “Archeologists discover menorah inscribed on Early Islamic period coins,” by Daniel K. Eisenbud, Jerusalem Post, December 6, 2017:
Researchers recently discovered that menorahs prominently
adorned Muslim coins and vessels during the early Islamic period 1,300
years ago. Relics inscribed with the Jewish symbol dating to the Umayyad dynasty
during the seventh-eighth centuries were found at various archeological
sites in Israel and are now being exhibited to the public.
Last year, archeologists Assaf Avraham of Bar-Ilan University, and
Peretz Reuven of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem exposed an early
Islamic inscription referring to the Dome of the Rock as “Beit
al-Maqdis.” Jewish-Muslim influences in early days of Islam According to scholars, the “Nuba inscription,” as it is called,
implies that in the early days of Islam, Muslims perceived the shrine as
an Islamic version of the Temple of Solomon.
Now, researchers are exposing further finds in Israel that constitute evidence of Jewish influences in the early days of Islam. “The Jewish symbol which the Muslims were using was the menorah [the
gold seven-branch candelabra from the Temple], which appeared on several
coins and other early Islamic artifacts,” said Avraham on Wednesday.
“The menorah coins bear the Shahada Arabic inscription on one side:
‘There is no god but Allah,’ while the menorah appears in the center of
the coin. The other side bears the inscription: ‘Muhammad [is the]
messenger of God.’”
In addition to the coins, the archeologists are presenting several
pottery and lead vessels from the early Islamic period that also
utilized the menorah symbol in their design. “They are dated to the early days of the Islamic caliphate, and were
in use by Muslims,” said Avraham, noting that the finds are of great
importance for understanding the history of Islam….
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