Discoveries in the Judaean Desert: Volume XXIV. Wadi Daliyeh I

Discoveries in the Judaean Desert: Volume XXIV. Wadi Daliyeh I

Hardback Discoveries in the Judaean Desert

By (author) Mary Joan Winn Leith


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  • Publisher: Clarendon Press
  • Format: Hardback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 240mm x 322mm x 27mm | 1,201g
  • Publication date: 13 November 1997
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0198269358
  • ISBN 13: 9780198269359
  • Illustrations note: 44 plates

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The Wadi ed-Daliyeh seal impressions are clay sealings originally affixed to the Samaria Papyri (legal documents in the Aramaic language drawn up in the city of Samaria and securely dated to the mid-fourth century BCE). The images on these sealings belong to the Greek, Achaemenid Persian, and West Semitic artistic traditions. Because the sealings derive largely from the signet rings and stamps of the wealthy Samarian men and women mentioned in the papyri, they provide a rare glimpse of the cultural influences to which one area of Palestine was exposed before the coming of Alexander. This volume presents a catalogue and analysis of the legible sealings and two gold rings in the collection of the Rockefeller Museum, Jerusalem.

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A work of the highest academic standards ... I would like to endorse fully the opinion given by W.E. Aufrecht (CBQ 61 [1999]: 755): "It is an extraordinary work of erudition and scholarship; one that informs many fields of inquiry, not the least of which are Greek, Persian, Phoenician, and Jewish history and culture with their manifold interrelationships." Stanislaw Medala, Dead Sea Discoveries The editors are to be congratulated on both their careful work and the speed with which they have produced this fine volume. International Review of Biblical Studies This interesting monograph ... The production and printing of the book is fully up to the highest standards of the Clarendon Press, with excellent illustrations ... a catalogue for which all students of glyptics will continue to be grateful. Journal of Semitic Studies The volume is attractively presented and is a must for research libraries and specialists. Religious Studies Review