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Aleph is for Abraham


           An Isador Nabi Press Release pending formal publication   in the Constantine Academy Alumni Newsletter


The renowned archeologist Isador Nabi reported today on the preliminary findings of the Summer Interfaith Field Expedition of Constantine Academy, Lootin Center, Nebraska, a course for credit designated An Introduction to Field Methods for Excavation Underneath the Mosques of the West Bank.

This year they were working near the town of Hebron. During the soldiers’ lunch break, the expedition was pelted with stones by a disorderly pack of 9 year olds on their lunch break, who then escaped into the surrounding schools. However a careful examination of the stones turned up one piece of ancient-looking clay no larger than a small fist with the hint of an inscription. The clay was later dated as 2000 B.C.E. ± 4000 years (extraneous materials of caprine origin complicated the dating). On the clay there was a diagonal crack ( when you rotate the fragment properly) that looked like \.

Our archeoscriptogapher who wishes to remain anonymous identified the diagonal as the residue of an aleph: א. Of course the letter aleph can have many uses, but around Hebron an aleph calls to mind Abraham. In fact, as our press release points out, this may be the earliest known fragment of the deed of sale giving Abraham title to Hebron, Nablus, Gath, Jericho, Ramallah, Amman, Beirut, Damascus and Baghdad. When asked for his reactions to this find, sophomore Rick Harton could only answer,”Awesome!”






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