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Observations on the “Jonah” Iconography on the Ossuary of Talpiot B Tomb

Considering the recurrence of the fish iconography in Jewish tombs and burial artifacts, it can be stated that it had a symbolic meaning for the Jews of the period, and was adopted by the Christians. In the Hellenistic and Roman times, there was a certain tendency to relate fish or fish-like images to immortality.

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A Preliminary Report of a 1st Century Tomb. (Updated Version 3/16/12)

By Antonio Lombatti
Deputazione di Storia Patria
Parma, Italia
March 2012

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