Merodach-Baladan Kudurru


DESCRIPTION
Language: Akkadian
Medium: basalt stele
Length: ? lines
Approximate Date: 8th cent. BCE
Genre: boundary stone
Place of Discovery:
Date of Discovery:
Current Location: Berlin Museum
Inscription number: V.A. 2663




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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. What is the importance of boundary stones in the ancient Near East? Read Genesis 31:51-52; Deuteronomy 19:14; 27:17; Job 24:2; Proverbs 22:28; 23:10.

2. What issues does Merodach-Baladan's name raise in terms of ancient Israel's chronology? (See 2 Kings 20:12; Isaiah 39:1)?



SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
Ahlström, Gösta. The History of Ancient Palestine. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1993.
Brinkman, J. A. "Babylonia under the Assyrian Empire." In Power and Propaganda: A Symposium on Ancient Empires, edited by Mogens Trolle Larsen, 223-50. Mesopotamia 7. Copenhagen: Akademisk Forlag, 1979.
Brinkman, J. A. "Merodach Baladan II." In Studies Presented to A. Leo Oppenheim, edited by R. D. Biggs and J. A. Brinkman, 6-53. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1964.
Brinkman, J. A. Prelude to Empire: Bab ylonian Society and Politics, 747-626 B.C. Occasional Publications of the Babylonian Fund 7. Philadelphia: University Museum, 1984.
Brinkman, J. A. "Sennacherib's Babylonian Problem." Journal of Cuneiform Studies 25 (1973) 89-95.
Sack, Ronald H. "Merodach-Baladan." In Anchor Bible Dictionary, edited by David Noel Freedman, 4:704-5. New York: Doubleday, 1992.


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