The Netherbury Tombstone

9 The Netherbury Tombstone.

In Somerset and Dorset Notes and Queries, vol. xiv. part cvi. (Sher borne, June 1914), will be found an account of a very curious Tombstone in Netherbury Churchyard, Dorset. The stone dates from 1819 c.E., a date at which country churchyards usually present very little attraction to scholars. But this one is both interesting and puzzling. Its main interest lies in the fact that it has nin^ BHp (Holiness unto the Lord, Exodus xxviii. 36) inscribed upon it in Old-Hebrew Qlbri) characters, and the puzzle is how this bit of Semitic lore should have taken root in a remote nook of rural England.

The inscription runs as follows (Somerset and Dorset Notes and Queries, p. 75):

The line in Old Hebrew letters, referred to in the above transcript, runs thus :-

In the Somerset and Dorset Notes and Queries the transcript of the stone is followed

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