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An Assyrian Horse List (3.128)

(831 words)

Author(s): Younger, K. Lawson, Jr.
Subject: Archival Documents from the Biblical World; Akkadian Archival Documents; Accounts; Neo-Assyrian Commentary This tablet (× cm), with two columns on the front and two columns on the back, was discovered during the 1957–63 excavations of Nimrud (ancient Kalḫu) in an area at the southeastern corner of the lower city known as Fort Shalmaneser. The text is one of the administrative documents known more specifically as the Horse Lists.1 Apparently, it was a formal check list either preceding or following the actual muster lists, which were less carefully wri…

An Assyrian Wine List (3.127)

(853 words)

Author(s): Younger, K. Lawson, Jr.
Subject: Archival Documents from the Biblical World; Akkadian Archival Documents; Accounts; Neo-Assyrian Commentary Discovered during the 1957–63 excavations of Nimrud (ancient Kalḫu) in an area known as Fort Shalmaneser, this fragmentary tablet (ND 10047) is one of the administrative documents known more specifically as Wine Lists. These Nimrud Wine Lists date from the 8th century bce (as early as the reign of Adad-nirari III and as late as Tiglath-pileser III as recent collation has shown; see note 1 below). In the light of recent research,2 it seems that these texts recor…

A Court Order from Samaria (3.122)

(474 words)

Author(s): Younger, K. Lawson, Jr.
Subject: Archival Documents from the Biblical World; Akkadian Archival Documents; Courtcases; Neo-Assyrian Commentary Located today in Istanbul, this blackish tablet (×.×.9 cm) was discovered in excavations at Samaria by Harvard University during the early part of the twentieth century, i.e. 1908–10 (see Reisner 1924 1:247; and photo, 2: pl. 56). It was found in the construction trench of the wall of the Hellenistic fort. It belongs to a genre known as “šumma texts” (Jas 1996:76–81).1 It is quite likely that such tablets were made out for the successful contestant i…