Color photo of the No Entry Stone also known as the “Temple Warning Inscription.”
The above image is of a stone that was used in the Temple of Herod in Jerusalem during the time of Jesus. It was used to separate the non-Jews from entering further into the Temple. The stone contains a Greek inscription that says:
“No gentile shall enter within the partition and barrier surrounding the Temple, and whosoever is caught shall be solely responsible to himself for his subsequent death.”
The Romans permitted the Jewish authorities to carry out the death penalty for this offence, even if the offender were a Roman citizen. The engraved block of limestone was discovered in Jerusalem in 1871. It’s dimensions are about 22 inches high by 33 inches long. Each letter was nearly 1 1/2 inches high and originally painted with red ink against the white limestone. Part of another sign was unearthed in 1936. It’s current location is in the Archaeological Museum of Istanbul, Turkey. Jerusalem was part of the Ottoman Empire in Turkey when the stone was found.
Josephus the Jewish historian of the first century A.D. wrote about the warning signs in Greek and Latin that were placed on the barrier wall that separated the Court of the Gentiles from the other courts in the Temple. Not until 1871 did archaeologists actually discover one written in Greek. According to Josephus Its seven line inscription read as follows:
IS TO GO BEYOND THE BALUSTRADE
AND THE PLAZA OF THE TEMPLE ZONE
WHOEVER IS CAUGHT DOING SO
WILL HAVE HIMSELF TO BLAME
FOR HIS DEATH
WHICH WILL FOLLOW
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