The Die (Pūru) of Yaḫali (2.113I)
(691 words)

Subject: Monumental Inscriptions from the Biblical World; Akkadian Monumental Inscriptions; Building and Display Inscriptions; Neo-Assyrian Inscriptions

Commentary

In ancient Assyria, the system of dating was by eponym (see COS COSB.1.136). Each year was named after the līmu, “eponym,” who was a high officer of state. Inscribed clay cubes were used as dice for casting lots to determine the eponyms. This die (× x 28 mm) belonged to Yaḫali, an official of Shalmaneser III. He …

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Younger, K. Lawson, Jr., “The Die (Pūru) of Yaḫali (2.113I)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 24 March 2017



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