Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship



Lehi's Cave, Lamar Barrett, Joseph Naveh


A trio of papers on the so-called "Lehi's Cave" near Jerusalem begins with a short paper by Lamar C. Barrett summarizing what is known about the cave, usefully introducing a topic where speculation and folklore have multiplied . Joseph Naveh's paper from the Israel Exploration Journal (1963) describes the discovery of the cave and its contents and gives a proposed translation of the inscriptions scratched on the wall. It was obviously a burial cave since it contains three funerary benches but no riches or treasures. The inscriptions, he postulates, were done at different times and include the very unusual figures of two ships. He dates the cave between the fifth and sixth centuries B.C.