Temple Warning inscription
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The inscription in its current location
|Created||c. 100 AD|
|Present location||Istanbul Archaeology Museums|
The Temple Warning inscription, also known as the Temple Balustrade inscription or the Soreg inscription, is an inscription from the Second Temple in Jerusalem, discovered in 1871 by Charles Simon Clermont-Ganneau and published by the Palestine Exploration Fund. It is currently in the Istanbul Archaeology Museums. The tablet bears the following inscription in Koine Greek
"No foreigner may enter within the balustrade around the sanctuary and the enclosure. Whoever is caught, on himself shall he put blame for the death which will ensue."
Following the discovery of the inscription it was taken by the Ottoman authorities. Clermont-Ganneau was shown a similar artifact at the Monastery of St Saviour, which was later shown to be a forgery created by Martin Boulos.
Another fragment of the same inscription was found in 1936 by J. H. Iliffe in Jerusalem's Lion Gate, and is held in the Rockefeller Museum.
- Millard, Alan, Discoveries from the Time of Jesus. Oxford: Lion Publishing, 1990.
- Roitman, Aldopho, Envisioning the Temple, Jerusalem: The Israel Museum, 2003.
- Elias J. Bickerman, "The Warning Inscriptions of Herod's Temple," The Jewish Quarterly Review, New Ser., Vol. 37, No. 4. (Apr., 1947), pp. 387–405.