Photo by Bruce and Kenneth Zuckerman;
West Semitic Research Project
(a West Semitic Language)
|Size:||12.5 cm high
14 cm wide
|Length:||3 lines of writing|
|Approximate Date:||late 9th cent. BCE|
|Place of Discovery:||Kerak, Jordan
(near Wadi el-Kerak)
|Date of Discovery:||1958
|Current Location:||Jordan Archaeological Museum
(from Gibson 1971:83)
(Adapted from Gibson 1971:83)
|['NK | MŠc | BN | K]MŠYT | M'B | HD[YBNY |]||[I am Mesha, son of K]emosh-yat, the Dib[onite]|
|[. . . . . BB]TY | KMŠ | LMBcR | KY | 'H[BTY |]||[in the te]mple of Kemosh as a sacrifice, because I lo[ve . . . .]|
|[. . . .]NH | WHN |
cSTY | 'T [. . . . .]
Transliteration of special characters
|[. . . .] and behold, I have made [. . .]|
| Dearman, Andrew, editor. Studies in the Mesha
Inscription and Moab. Archaeology and Biblical Studies 2. Atlanta: Scholars,
Freedman, David Noel. "A Second Mesha Inscription." Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 175 (1964):50-51.
Gibson, John C. L. Textbook of Syrian Semitic Inscriptions. Volume 1: Hebrew and Moabite Inscriptions. Oxford: Clarendon, 1971.
Knauf, Ernst Axel. "Kerak." In Anchor Bible Dictionary. Edited by D. N. Freedman, 4.22-24. New York: Doubleday, 1992.
Mattingly, Gerald L. "Mesha." In Anchor Bible Dictionary. Edited by D. N. Freedman, 4.707. New York: Doubleday, 1992.
Pardee, Dennis. "Literary Sources for the History of Palestine and Syria II. Hebrew, Moabite, Ammonite and Edomite Inscriptions." Andrews University Seminary Studies 17 (1979) 47-70.
Reed, W. L. and F. V. Winnett. "A Fragment of an Early Moabite Inscription from Kerak." Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 172 (1963) 1-9.
Sawyer, J. F. A. and David J. A. Clines, eds. Midian, Moab and Edom. JSOT Supplement Series 24. Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1983.