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The Seal of ʿAśayāhū (2.79)

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Author(s): Heltzer, Michael
Subject: Monumental Inscriptions from the Biblical World; West Semitic Monumental Inscriptions; Seal and Stamp Inscriptions; Seals and Seal Impressions Commentary The Hebrew seal is dated paleographically to the second half of the 7th century bce.1 (Belonging) to ʿAśayāhū“servant” (minister) of the king It is most probable that this ʿAśayāhū of the seal is identical with “Aśayā, servant of the king,” mentioned in 2 Kings 22:12, 14 and 2 Chronicles 34:20. He appears as one of the team, sent by king Josiah ( Yošiyāhū) in the year 622 to the temple in connection wit…

Stamps (2.80)

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Author(s): Heltzer, Michael
Subject: Monumental Inscriptions from the Biblical World; West Semitic Monumental Inscriptions; Seal and Stamp Inscriptions; Stamps Commentary There are more than one hundred stamps on identical handles, and as proved by the examinations of D. Ussishkin in Lachish, they appear on one or two of the four handles where the others had the lmlk stamps ( COS COSB.2.77). These stamps belonged to more than 30 persons, who were the officials responsible for the standard measures of the jars.1 The following are a few examples. Yhwḥyl Šḥr Yehoḥayil (son of) Šaḥar lNḥm Hṣlyhw (Belonging)…