The oldest dateable inscription mentioning St George

Roger Pearse | 5/23/2018 | Staff
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The first evidence in the archaeology of St George is from a little church in Syria, in a town called Izra, or Izraa, or Ezra, or Ezraa, or Zorava, with the usual Semitic indifference to vowels, and the usual consequent confusion.

Here is the relief, in a nice new modern photograph from here. I spent a profitable hour thrashing Google before I located it.

Text

The text is as follows:

ὅπου θεὸς παρωργίζετο, νῦν θεὸς ἐξευμενίζεται.

Abode - Demons - House - God - Light

The abode of demons has become the house of God. The light of salvation shines where darkness caused concealment. Where sacrifices to idols occurred, now there are choirs of angels. Where God was provoked, now He is propitiated. A certain Christ-loving man, the town-councillor (proteuon) Ioannes, son of Diomedes, offered a beautiful building to God from his own offerings, after installing within it the worthy relic (leipsanon) of the martyr George, who appeared to this Ioannes not in a dream, but manifestly. In the 9th (indiction?) year. The year 410 (?).

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