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The Taanach Tablets (4.79A-D)
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Some 17 cuneiform pieces have been discovered at Taanach. The first fourteen were cuneiform tablets and fragments found in the excavations by E. Sellin in 1903–1904. This work also yielded a fifteenth piece, a cylinder seal. The remaining two texts, an administrative text of personal names and an alphabetic cuneiform text, were uncovered in the 1960’s. Only four complete letters were identified in the collection: Taanach 1, 2, 5, and 6. These are translated here. All the cuneiform texts date from the 15th century bce. The texts were first published by F. Hrozný (1904;…

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Hess, Richard S., “The Taanach Tablets (4.79A-D)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 08 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2017

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