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By the excavator, the text included a Semitic transliteration of the Greek term kapelos, probably “moneylender,” referring to someone named Qos-yada who had lent thirty-two drachmas to a Greek by the name of Nikeratos. The text suggests that the Idumeans, like the Jews in other parts of Coele-Syria, were deeply a∫ected by the growing monetization of the local economy and that parts of the population were already multilingual. But the use of Greek in these instances may only provide evidence that those individuals inhabiting the military installation at Khirbet el-Kom were capable of engaging in ﬁnancial interactions with the Greek-speaking world.
E. 42 Throughout the region, some sites went out of use, others appear to have had a change of occupants, and new settlements appeared. 43 Numismatic ﬁnds at Jotapata and Meiron provide striking testimony of change: the inﬂux of Seleucid coins ceased and that of Hasmonean coins began. 44 Especially in Upper Galilee, the changing ceramic proﬁle illustrates shifts in settlement patterns. In the western part of the region, users of Phoenician jars began slowly retreating toward the coast, leaving behind their inland sites.
14. ), both demonstrating the extent to which classical architectural styles inﬂuenced tombs in the heart of Judea at an early date (Photo courtesy of Sean Burrus) tombs outside the city walls. These tombs followed the example of the Maccabean Simon, who had constructed a monument at Modiin over the tomb of Jonathan to honor his brothers and parents (1 Macc 13:25–29). Seven pyramids, columns, carvings of ships, and a trophy of armor decorated it. First Maccabees claimed that it was large enough to be seen from the Mediterranean Sea, a bit of obvious rhetorical excess.