As the author indicates in laying out his methodology (pp.1–3), his objective is to provide extensive discussions of all salient areas of enquiry: archaeological context, epigraphy, palaeography, textual analysis and historical significance.Athas begins his investigation in Chapter Two by detailing the circumstances of the discovery of the pieces of the inscription within Area A at Tel Dan: Fragment A from the base of a wall inside the city (p.6); B1 about 2 m south of a platform shrine along the base of the Iron Age city wall (p.This work, a re-impression of a 2003 publication, constitutes an extensive revision of the author’s University of Sydney dissertation.Numerous articles on the Tel Dan inscription have appeared since Fragment A was discovered in July 1993 and the bifurcated Fragment B (sigla: B1 and B2) was unearthed in June 1994, but this is the first full monograph devoted to this Iron Age II text from northern Israel, one of the most important epigraphic finds from the Levant in recent decades.
Translated, that inscription reads, “To the God who is in Dan, Zoilos made a vow.” Ancient Egyptian texts and cuneiform tablets from Mesopotamia document Dan’s significance during the second millennium B. Dan was a recognized cultic center even into the Greco-Roman period.
13, 16), already challenging the conclusions of the excavator Avraham Biran and original epigrapher Joseph Naveh.
In Chapter Three (“Epigraphical Analysis”), the author provides his own reading of the lines on the tablet fragments, based on a painstaking personal examination of the artifact (pp. Prior to this, in part through his own physical experiments with hammer and chisel (see p.
Hazael knew he had wounded Joram and because Joram and Ahaziah died the same day, it appeared both had been fatally wounded or killed in battle.
Then Ahaziah went with Joram the son of Ahab to war against Hazael king of Aram at Ramoth-gilead, and the Arameans wounded Joram.