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Edomite (2.73)

(146 words)

Contributor(s): Hallo, William W.
Subject: Monumental Inscriptions from the Biblical World; West Semitic Monumental Inscriptions; Seal and Stamp Inscriptions; Seals and Seal Impressions Commentary The bulla of Qawsgabar, king of Edom (Edomite).1 This is one of the few known Edomite seal inscriptions (see Herr 1978:161–169). It was found at Umm el-Biyara in Jordan, near Petra.…

Philistine (2.75)

(391 words)

Contributor(s): Hallo, William W.
Subject: Monumental Inscriptions from the Biblical World; West Semitic Monumental Inscriptions; …

Ammonite (2.71)

(400 words)

Contributor(s): Hallo, William W.
Subject: Monumental Inscriptions from the Biblical World; West Semitic Monumental Inscriptions; Seal and Stamp Inscriptions; Seals and Seal Impressions Commentary Many seals inscribed with the first letters of the alphabet — from four to eight — are regarded as Ammonite; they are probably practice pieces; see Avigad and Sass 1997:366–371; Hestrin and Dayagi-Mendels 1979 ## 127, 129. The seal impression of Milkom-or, minister…

Moabite (2.72)

(116 words)

Contributor(s): Hallo, William W.
Subject: …

Early Aramaic (2.76)

(170 words)

Contributor(s): Hallo, William W.
Subject: Monumental Inscriptions from the Biblical World; We…

Phoenician (2.74)

(113 words)

Contributor(s): Hallo, William W.
Subject: Monumental Inscriptions from the Biblical World; West Semitic Monumental Inscriptions; Seal and Stamp Inscriptions; Seals and Seal Impressions Commentary The seal of Yahzibaal (probably Phoenician; provenience unknown).1 The script fits the ninth-eighth century. (Belonging to) Yahzibaal2 Phoenician (2.74) Notes^ back to text1. Avigad and Sass 1997 #1143; Hestrin and Dayagi-Mendels 1979 #118; Avigad 1968:49.^ back to text2. The name Yahzibaal, “May Baal see,” meaning “May Baal look favorably upon” the bearer of the name, is similar to the Biblical names Yahziel and Yahzeyah, “May God/YH(WH) see” (Ezra 8:5; 10:15; 1 Chr 12:4; 16:6; 23:19; 24:23; 2 Chr 20:14). The theophoric element baʿal, “Lord, Master,” referring particularly to the storm-god, is very common in Phoenician and other Canaanite names. See Benz 1972:288–290; Gröndahl 1967:114–117.

Persian Period (2.78)

(1,223 words)

Contributor(s): Hallo, William W.
Subject: Monumental Inscriptions from the Biblical World; West Semitic Monumental Inscriptions; Seal and Stamp Inscriptions; Seals and Seal Impressions Commentary 2.78A. Seals and seal impressions of the Persian province of Yehud (Aramaic)1 The one-word inscription Yehud, the name of the Persian province of Judah (Ezra 5:8), is inscribed on a seal and stamped on several hundred jar handles from various Persian-period sites in Judah and on several bullae from an unknown site (there are also coins similarly inscribed). The bullae gave offi…

Royal Judaean Seal Impressions (2.77)

(502 words)

Contributor(s): Hallo, William W.
Subject: Monumental Inscriptions from the Biblical World; West Semitic Monumental Inscriptions; Seal and Stamp Inscriptions; Seals and Seal Impressions Commentary Over 1700 royal seal impressions, stamped on jar handles from at least 65 sites, are known.1 With few exceptions, each impression contains the word lamelekh ( lmlk), “(Belonging, or pertaining) t…

The Seal of ʿAśayāhū (2.79)

(288 words)

Author(s): Heltzer, Michael
Subject: Monumental Inscriptions from the Biblical World; West Semitic Monumental Inscriptions; …

Hebrew (2.70)

(2,766 words)

Contributor(s): Hallo, William W.
Subject: Monumental Inscriptions from the Biblical World; West Semitic Monumental Inscriptions; Seal and Stamp Inscriptions; Seals and Seal Impressions Commentary 2.70A. Two bullae of Berechyahu son of Neriyahu the scribe, made by the same seal (Hebrew; provenience unknown).1 These identical inscriptions are written in the Hebrew script of the seventh century bce. This Berechyahu is probably Jeremi…