The 'Išba'al inscription from Khirbet Qeiyafa

Yosef Garfinkel, Mitka R. Golub, Haggai Misgav, Saar Ganor

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A new West Semitic inscription from Khirbet Qeiyafa is presented. It was incised in Canaanite alphabetic script on a pottery storage jar before firing. Radiometric dating of the relevant layer has yielded a date of ca. 1020-980 b.c.e. The last few years have seen the publication of several new Semitic alphabetic inscriptions dated to the late 11th-10th centuries b.c.e. and originating at controlled excavations in Israel (Khirbet Qeiyafa, Beth Shemesh, Tell e?-?ôfi, and Jerusalem). The new inscription is an important addition to this corpus.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)217-233
Number of pages17
JournalBulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research
StatePublished - May 2015

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  • Baal
  • Iron age inscription
  • Khirbet qeiyafa
  • Personal names
  • Semitic epigraphy


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