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Samaria Ostraca (4.18)
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The Samaria Ostraca represent an archive of 107 inscribed potsherds that were discovered by George Andrew Reisner and Clarence Stanley Fisher in 1910 during Harvard University’s initial season of the excavation at Sebastiye, ancient Samaria (Reisner, Fisher and Lyon 1924).1 The ostraca, written in a northern form of Hebrew (with Hieratic numerals), are lists of wine and olive oil that were shipped to the royal capital from the outlying area. Discovered in the remains of Samaria’s acropolis, the ostraca typically record the …

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Suriano, Matthew, “Samaria Ostraca (4.18)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 08 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2017

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