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Servants of Kings (2.145)
(277 words)

Subject: Monumental Inscriptions from the Biblical World; Sumerian Monumental Inscriptions; Seal Inscriptions; Seal Inscriptions


In Old Babylonian times, it became customary for royal officials to indicate their status and that of their sovereign implicitly — rather than explicitly — by resorting to a formula, A son of B servant of C, in which C was understood to be a ruler and A his appointee.1 Much the same usage was followed in Judah and Israel, as shown by numerous archaeological finds there (above,  COS COSB.2.70R). In t…

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“Servants of Kings (2.145)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 06 December 2021 <>

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