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The Incense Altar From Khirbet El-Mudiyineh (4.21)
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Discovered in regular excavations (Dion and Daviau 2000) and hence of doubtless authenticity, the date, the linguistic identification, and the interpretation of this text have nevertheless all been matters of debate in the scholarly literature. The text consists of two lines inscribed vertically on an incense altar of complex form that stands nearly a meter high. Date: the editors placed the archaeological context at ca. 800 bce (Dion and Daviau 2000:3, 5), but the possibility of a date as much as a century later has been proposed (Routledge 2003), a…

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Pardee, Dennis, “The Incense Altar From Khirbet El-Mudiyineh (4.21)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 29 November 2021 <>
First published online: 2017

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