Language of the inhabitants of Moab, a country to the south of the Dead Sea; it is very similar to Hebrew. Moabite is recorded on seal inscriptions and on a 34-line inscription of King Meša of Moab (c. 850 BC), which was found in the vicinity of Diban (KAI 181).
Canaanite; Semitic languages
A. Dearman (ed.), Studies in the Mesha Inscription and Moab, 1989
W.R. Garr, Dialect Geography of Syria-Palestine, 1000-586 BCE, 1985.
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Müller-Kessler, Christa (Emskirchen),
Brill’s New Pauly
, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry.
Consulted online on 18 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e807840>
First published online: 2006
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