Friday, March 23, 2018

MOTB IAA Gallery

No time for a long commentary tonight, just 3 screenshots from a new video posted by DC's Museum of the Bible showing off some LMLKs from the IAA, as if the 200 or so they acquired from Michael Welch's collection were not enough ... though it is very cool to know the famous "Nera Shebna" H2D handle is temporarily in the USA! Total of 8 handles shown, plus the important Arad "Bath" ostracon.

The LMLK stamp jars were ... century BCE. Their stamped handles include a four-winged scarab ... accompanied by a Hebrew inscription LMLK, "(belonging) to the king," and the name of one of four cities: Hebron, Zif, Sochoh, Mameshat. The administrative system continued into the seventh and sixth centuries with jars incised with concentric circles, followed by jars marked with a rosette stamp impression.

Bearing two seal impressions: Two-winged lmlk hbrn "(belonging) to the king Hebron" and a private seal impression"Belonging to Nera (son of) Shebna."

G.M. Grena

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