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A Court Order from Samaria (3.122)
(474 words)

Subject: Archival Documents from the Biblical World; Akkadian Archival Documents; Courtcases; Neo-Assyrian


Located today in Istanbul, this blackish tablet (×.×.9 cm) was discovered in excavations at Samaria by Harvard University during the early part of the twentieth century, i.e. 1908–10 (see Reisner 1924 1:247; and photo, 2: pl. 56). It was found in the construction trench of the wall of the Hellenistic fort. It belongs to a genre known as “šumma texts” (Jas 1996:76–81).1 It is quite likely that such tablets were …

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Younger, K. Lawson, Jr., “A Court Order from Samaria (3.122)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 03 December 2021 <>

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