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Journal Article

The ʾIšbaʿal Inscription from Khirbet Qeiyafa

Yosef Garfinkel, Mitka R. Golub, Haggai Misgav and Saar Ganor
Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research
No. 373 (May 2015), pp. 217-233
DOI: 10.5615/bullamerschoorie.373.0217
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5615/bullamerschoorie.373.0217
Page Count: 17
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The ʾIšbaʿal Inscription from Khirbet Qeiyafa
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Abstract

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 eṣ-Ṣâfi, and Jerusalem). The new inscription is an important addition to this corpus.

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