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The Inscription of King Mesha (2.23)
(1,435 words)

Subject: Monumental Inscriptions from the Biblical World; West Semitic Monumental Inscriptions; Building and Dedicatory Inscriptions; Moabite Inscriptions


The inscription, which was carved on a black basalt stone, measuring 1.15 m. high and 60–68 cm. across, was discovered by the Alsatian missionary Klein at Dhiban in 1868. Due to the great interest in the stone shown by various Europeans in Palestine, the local population decided to demolish it and use th…

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Smelik, K. A. D., “The Inscription of King Mesha (2.23)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 18 October 2019 <>

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