Avraham Hai, Institute of Archaeology, Tel Aviv University

Three people, arms upraised in a gesture of prayer, were drawn on the outside of one of two large, almost complete, pithoi or storage jars found at Kuntillet Ajrud. Both pithoi contain inscriptions as well as drawings. The three praying figures are part of a group of five people, too faded to illustrate in their entirety. The drawing technique is crude and personal, probably that of an unskilled, local artist. The numerous inscriptions on this pithos include blessings and an incomplete Hebrew alphabet with the letter peh preceding ayin, an alphabetic order known from the Bible in Lamentations and Proverbs.