(Biblical Archaeology Review) During the nearly 200 years of modern exploration in the Holy Land, thousands of inscriptions in different ancient languages have been found on stone, mosaic, ceramic, metal and painted cave walls. Many of these inscriptions have already been carefully published, but many others have been published poorly or not at all.
Several years ago, a team of scholars, compelled by the need to preserve this invaluable historical resource, founded the Corpus Inscriptionum Iudaeae/Palaestinae (CIIP), a multi-lingual, scientific edition of all epigraphic texts found in modern Israel dating from the fourth century B.C.E. to the seventh century C.E. The first three volumes, containing 2,160 inscriptions from Jerusalem and the northern coast of Israel, have already been published, and more is on the way.