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Letter of Labʾayu of Shechem (Šakmu) (EA 253) (3.92F)
(444 words)

Subject: Archival Documents from the Biblical World; Akkadian Archival Documents; Letters; Tell El-Amarna


The Amarna archive preserved three letters from Labʾayu ( EA 252–254). In the first, he agrees, very reluctantly, to obey orders of the king he finds very distasteful; in the others, both apparently in reply to a letter from the Pharaoh questioning his loyalty, especially in his dealings with Gezer (Gazru),1 he sets the record straight.

Letter of Labʾayu of Shechem (Šakmu) (EA 253) (3.92F)

Subject: Gen 43:28; 1 Sam 24:9;…

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Moran, William, “Letter of Labʾayu of Shechem (Šakmu) (EA 253) (3.92F)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 03 December 2021 <>

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