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New Inscription at Khirbet Qeiyafa

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Via Luke Chandler comes the news that an inscription on a storage jar from the late 11th / early 10th century BCE site Khirbet Qeiyafa has been published:

The storage jar shows the name ʾIšbaʿal incised along the top. This name appears in the Bible in 1 Chronicles 8:33. (Eshbaal in English translations.) Eshbaal was Saul’s son who is known as “Ish-bosheth” in 2 Samuel chapters 2 through 4. After Saul’s death, Eshbaal reigned as a rival of David from across the Jordan River and was eventually assassinated by his own servants.

The name in this new inscription refers to a different individual (son of Bedaʿ) but demonstrates the use of this particular name in Canaan during this period. The context of this name on the jar has not been established, but it may refer to the origin of the contents.



The “Išbaʿal” (Eshbaal) inscription from Khirbet Qeiyafa, discovered in 2012.  (Photo by Tal Rogovski)

The scholarly article can be found here.

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