The Kings, the City and the House of David on the Mesha Stele in Light of New Imaging Techniques

  title={The Kings, the City and the House of David on the Mesha Stele in Light of New Imaging Techniques},
  author={Michael Langlois},
Thanks to new imaging techniques applied to the Mesha stele and its squeezes, the decipherment of this major inscription is significantly improved. In this essay, I present three case studies, in lines 4, 12 and 31 respectively. In line 4, the reading “kings” is to be preferred; in line 12, the reading “city” is confirmed; in line 31, the mention of the “house of David” remains hypothetical but is the most probable reading. With the Tel Dan inscription, the Mesha stele might be the earliest… 

The Alleged ‘Beth David’ in the Mesha Stele: The Case Against It

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David in History and in the Hebrew Bible

David, next to Moses, is one of the most studied biblical characters.1 The problem is, however, that this important figure has no clear extra-biblical reference, which makes reconstructing the

Moabite Ethnicity and Territorial Claims in the Mesha Stele (and the Hebrew Bible)

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House of David; Restored in Moabite inscription*

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(Extrait de Res.d'A.). Le fragment de stele arameenne trouve a Dan revet une importance toute particuliere en faisant connaitre le nom du dedicant, le fils de Bar Hadad (I) de Damas face a la


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On Bethel and Daw‹i›d as theonyms, see e.g. s.v

  • except that the base theonym would be Daw‹i›d instead of El
  • 1999

6. 67 The mention of ‫ביתדוד‬ in the Tel Dan inscription is thus understood as a toponym-perhaps the name of a region-by Frederick H. Cryer

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