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Cylinder Letter From Tagi To Labaya (Beth Shean 2) (4.78)
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This is the only known example of a cuneiform letter written on a cylinder seal. The question as to why Tagi chose this form and who the writers are remains unclear. W. Horowitz (1994; 1996; 1997; Horowitz and Oshima 2006:48–49) proposed that it was so written as an attempt to hide the letter from the pharaoh’s officials. A. F Rainey (1998:239–242) notes that, while contemporary parallels existed for school exercises (EA 355) and for a lexical reference text (Aphek prism), a letter in this form is unparalleled. He proposes a scribal reference te…

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Hess, Richard S., “Cylinder Letter From Tagi To Labaya (Beth Shean 2) (4.78)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 03 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2017

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