Restoring Line 31 in the Mesha Stele: The ‘House of David’ or Biblical Balak?

  title={Restoring Line 31 in the Mesha Stele: The ‘House of David’ or Biblical Balak?},
  author={Israel Finkelstein and Nadav Na’aman and Thomas R{\"o}mer},
  journal={Tel Aviv},
  pages={11 - 3}
After studying new photographs of the Mesha Stele and the squeeze of the stele prepared before the stone was broken, we dismiss Lemaire’s proposal to read (‘House of David’) on Line 31. It is now clear that there are three consonants in the name of the monarch mentioned there, and that the first is a beth. We cautiously propose that the name on Line 31 be read as Balak, the king of Moab referred to in the Balaam story in Numbers 22–24. 
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