Materiality and Divine Remembrance: The Votive Inscriptions from Mount Gerizim

The Votives Project

Anne Katrine de Hemmer Gudme is Professor with special responsibilities at the University of Copenhagen.

These past couple of weeks, I have been working on a paper on Aramaic dedicatory inscriptions containing a remembrance formula which I am going to present at the ARAM Society’s conference on sacrifices and offerings in the ancient Near East in late July. Remembrance formulae are well-known in Aramaic inscriptions and graffiti in the Eastern Mediterranean where the phrase “for good remembrance” and the more common “may he/she be remembered for good” is widespread in inscriptions dating from ca. 200 BCE to 300 CE.

This has made me revisit parts of my doctoral thesis on the votive inscriptions from Mount Gerizim and to think further on the relationship between materiality and divine remembrance in these inscriptions. In my thesis and in the paper that I have been working on, I compare the Gerizim inscriptions with…

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