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The Bar-Rakib Inscription (2.38)
(511 words)

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


Composed not long after the Panamuwa inscription (i.e. 733–727 bce), the Bar-Rakib inscription was written in an Old Aramaic dialect which as been identified as “Mesopotamian Aramaic.”1 Its form is that of the memorial genre, though the emphasis is on Bar-Rakib’s vassal loyalty to Tiglath-Pileser III of Assyria.2 The inscription was discovered in excav…

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Younger, K. Lawson, Jr., “The Bar-Rakib Inscription (2.38)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 29 November 2021 <>

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