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The Sarcophagus Inscription of Tabnit, King of Sidon (2.56)
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Subject: Monumental Inscriptions from the Biblical World; West Semitic Monumental Inscriptions; Mortuary Inscriptions; Phoenician Inscriptions


Tabnit’s sarcophagus was found in 1887 during the excavation of a shaft tomb in Sidon. It was manufactured in Egypt of black basalt, and it bears a hieroglyphic inscription that shows it was originally intended for an Egyptian general by the name of Pen-Ptah (Assman 1963). It was evidently brought to Phoenicia as …

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McCarter, P. Kyle, “The Sarcophagus Inscription of Tabnit, King of Sidon (2.56)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 14 October 2019 <>

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