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The Inscription Of Ninurta-Bēlu-Uṣur/Inurta-Bēl-Uṣur (4.25)
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At ancient Ḫadattu (modern Arslan Taş) about 30 km east of the Euphrates near the Turkish border, a trilingual inscription on monumental gate lions was discovered.1 It was written in Neo-Assyrian cuneiform, Aramaic, and hieroglyphic Luwian (Younger 2007c). It belonged to Ninurta-bēlu-uṣur/Inurta-bēl-uṣur, the provincial governor of Kār-Shalmaneser (Kār-šulmānu-ašarēd/Til-Barsib). This man was also a eunuch of the Assyrian turtānu, Šamšī-ilu The inscription appears to date to around 780 bce.

A pair of basalt lions were at the east gate of the city and a…

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Lawson Younger, K., “The Inscription Of Ninurta-Bēlu-Uṣur/Inurta-Bēl-Uṣur (4.25)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 03 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2017

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