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.