Tel Dan Inscription

Tel Dan Inscription : A Reappraisal and a New Introduction

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The first book-length treatment of the most important, and controversial, inscription found in Israel in recent years. The inscription contains a possible mention of the name 'David' and is thought by many scholars to verify the existence of this king. Contains a full account of the discovery, epigraphic analysis, palaeographical analysis, possible arrangement of the three fragments discovered, textual analysis and historical commentary. It is more thorough in each of these treatments than any preceding discussion, and reviews all of the major theories about the inscription, with a well-considered conclusion.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 19.56mm | 625.96g
  • T.& T.Clark Ltd
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 29 b&w illustrations
  • 0567040437
  • 9780567040435
  • 2,237,977

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Introduction 1; Introductory Remarks 1; Methodology 1; Chapter 2: Archaeological Context of the Fragments 4; Introductory Remarks 4; Fragment A 4; Fragment B1 9; Fragment B2 9; Synthesis of the Archaeological Data 10; Chapter 3: Epigraphical Analysis 11; Introductory Remarks 11; Fragment A: Physical Characteristics and the State of Preservation 11; Fragment A: Epigraphical Analysis 14; Fragment A: Assessment 50; Fragment B: Physical Characteristics and the State of Preservation 50; Epigraphical Analysis of Fragment B 53; Assessment of Fragment B 65; Chapter 4: Palaeographical Analysis 66; Introductory Remarks 66; Fragment A 68; Fragment B 101; Synthesis of the Script of Fragment A and the Script of Fragment B 124; Summary of Script Analysis 126; Chapter 5: Arrangement of the Fragments 134; Evaluation of the Original Arrangement by Biran & Naveh 134; A New Arrangement 144; Chapter 6: Textual Analysis 146; Introductory Remarks 146; The Text 147; Commentary on Fragment A 149; Commentary on Fragment B 176; Language of the Inscription 186; Grammatical Survey 187; Glossary of the Inscription 193; Chapter 7: Historical Commentary 196; Introductory Remarks 196; Historical Considerations 196; Bayt-Dawid and the Quest for King David 227; Cultic Implications 235; Chapter 8: Concluding Remarks 241; Bibliography 244.
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Review quote

"The author moves carefully through each line of the inscription, painstakingly interpreting the Hebrew and comparing it with what is found on other fragments. The charts, tables, graphs, and drawings are quite detailed, and the bibliography at the end of the book demonstrates the scholarly nature of the study. This book is meant for those who know quite a bit about archaeology." - Dianne Bergant, The Bible Today, May / June 2007--Sanford Lakoff
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About George Athas

George Athas received his Ph.D. from the University of Sydney. He is currently Lecturer of Biblical Hebrew and Koine Greek at Moore College, Australia.
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