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Esarhaddon’s Thompson Prism (Nineveh A) (4.39)
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Subject: 2Kgs 21:1–18; 2Chr 33:1–20

One of the most important sources for the reign of Esarhaddon is the fully preserved hexagonal prism known for many years as the Thompson Prism, and eventually classified by Borger as Nineveh A.1 This text, written in the king’s eighth year (673bce) has been the subject of recent scholarly interest2 because of the light it sheds on Esarhaddon’s reign until slightly after his failed Egyptian campaign, and before his victorious war with Šubria3; but especially for the king’s “apology,” in which he explains his selection as heir…

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Hurowitz, Victor Avigdor, “Esarhaddon’s Thompson Prism (Nineveh A) (4.39)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 03 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2017

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