Menorah Tablet

Prof. Yahya Ababni

Location of the inscription
The inscription is existed now in the U.A.E. I was able to see it there and get a photograph of it.
It certainly belongs to the elder civilizations of the Arabian east. Because as we could see it depicts the sacred Jewish candelabra, and there was writings of Hebrew square handwriting which has been borrowed from the Aramaic square handwriting.

Material of the inscription
The inscription was made from a very tough igneous rock (especially basalt). It is obviously notable that the Sculpture has been very aware of keeping the inscription clean and clear, for example the candelabra picture is very clear in every part of it but rose, and this clearness also exists in his writing and depictions. The most important was that the candles were not lightened in the candelabra which probably means that the Sculpture wanted to tell that the light is gone fro the world.
Main constituents of the inscription
The Sculpture has carved a very accurate picture of the heptagonal Jewish candelabra. He apparently has drawn it in the way Jews use to draw their candelabra and here is a figure for the candelabra as in the inscription:

Figure (1): The Candelabra in the inscription

As what appears in the picture, that the side bowls have the largest number of knops. Every branch was to be seven knops while the whole number of knops is fourteen excepting the middle knops. The two middle branches each have five knops excepting the middle one. The two inner branches each have four knops including the middle one. Thus, the total number of knops becomes thirty five.

Writings in scripted

On the right side was written (tsy/w) which represents the letters (t, s, and y). On the left side was written the letter (s) enlarged and the same letter thrice, but minimized was written under it. Like this:

Explanation of the inscription

It is a hard to aim this, because the Sculpture or the writer had a specific significance in mind. His detonation is symbolic. For example we cannot find any meaning for the letters mentioned up there not in the old Hebrew lexicon nor in the new one. But we could explain the significance of these letters after a lot of time and effort. This explanation includes that the candelabra and the cut letters represent a completion for those letters: every part of the candelabra is the same letter (s) represents as half ringlets, as the following:

The bottom ringlet the middle ringlet the upper ringlet

Every ringlet represents the letter (s), and each widens as we head down.

Thus we have three words; the first part of them is represented by the word (tsy/tsw) and the second part is the letter which the candelabra represents (s):

The evidence for this is the duplication of the letter (s) four times on the left side of the inscription. This letter can be considered as a part of the first section in the right side forming four words. This section is a word duplicated four times which is the word (tassis) or (tassus), for the letter () can express (long vowels) according to the the writing system in Hebrew especially in the numbered inscriptions on the rock. Thus, we can say that the word (tassis) or (tassus) has been duplicated seven times in this inscription, three of which with the candelabra (s) and our with the Hebrew duplications (s) which appear on the left side.

Word significance

The Sculpture wanted to say something when he carved the candlestick and Te Hebrew words in the strange way it is. The signiicance needs much contemplation to be aware of, because the word can be normally read (as mentioned before) to give us the word (tassis) whether with (y) or (w). This word signifies: weak, feeble, powerless, or crippled (as a result of senility). We can also read it visa versa with the ringlets and the reversed (s) letters, and thus it indicates: rules or bases.

The following figure shows the symbol of the candelabra in oldest depictions:

Figure (1): old Candelabra

The candelabra, especially the Menorah, was mentioned in (Exodus 25:31-36):

"And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold. And six branches shall come out of the side of it; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side. Three bowls makde like unto almonds, with a knops and a flower in one branch; and three bowls made like almonds in the other branch. And in the candlestick shall be four bowls made like unto almonds, with there knops and there flowers. And there shall be knops under two branches of the same, according to the six branches that proceed out of the candlestick. Their knops and their branches shall be of the same: all it shall be one beaten work of pure gold".

The Menorah, with its botanical features, is intended to suggest a sort of world-tree in the babylonian manner, its seven branches referring to the seven planets. The Menorah stood in the temple of Jerusalem and was stolen after the roman conquest (as depicted in the Arch of Titus at the Roman Forum). In medieval art, it is often a symbol of Judaism: "the candelabrum is a tree of light shines up to God, and all other lights shine toward it, in order to dissolve into it….thus is the Menorah, which, according to tradition, at the time of the heroic Maccabees burned for a total o eight days when the second temple was consecrated-although it was fueled only from a small container of oil, which was found intact.".

We can probably consider this picture as a symbol for (Atlantis) continent which indicated paradise in bless of nature and ruled by wise kings, until its inhabitants became presumptuous, so the gods submerged it.

The Jews have got rid of the upper part of this symbol so as to cancel the cross shape, for the cross and the cadelabra form a symbol for the capital Basileia.

The following is the symbol of Atlantis represented by the cross and the Jewish candelabra. Notice that it is doubled and turned:

Written by: Prof. Yahya Ababni

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