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

@article{Langlois2019TheKT,
  title={The Kings, the City and the House of David on the Mesha Stele in Light of New Imaging Techniques},
  author={Michael Langlois},
  journal={Semiotica},
  year={2019},
  volume={61},
  pages={23-47}
}
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… 

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