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A Passing Power: An Examination of the Sources for the by Sigurdur Hafthorsson

By Sigurdur Hafthorsson

The examine is a radical exam of either textual and archaeological resources for the heritage of the dominion of Aram-Damascus.

This state was once an Aramean kingdom focused round Damascus in Syria from ca. 1100 to 732 B.C. The textual assets for the learn are inscriptions in Aramaic, Neo-Assyrian inscriptions, and the previous testomony. In previous reports, archaeology has been little utilized in tracing this nation. This examine provides an summary of excavations and surveys within the zone round Damascus and the Golan.

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244 Baruch Mar237 Biran&Naveh 1995,13. Siran & Naveh 1995, 15. 239 Cryer 1995, 232. 240 He argued that we have to deal with a local Danite dialect and not the common Aramaic of the period. Cryer 1995, 232. ] king. Seeking 1996, 26; 1999, 199. 242 Biran & Naveh 1993, 96. 243 Siran & Naveh 1995, 15-16. This was based on S. A):lituv's suggestion (1993, 246). g. ~ l-tO:J. For references, cf. DNWSI, 522. 244 See lines 3-4. Noll 1998, 17. 238 232 Biran&Naveh 1995,12-13. Biran & Naveh 1995, 12-14. g. Schniedewind 1996; Kitchen 1997, 30-31; Wesselius 1999, 173.

76 CHAPTER FOUR: ASSYRIAN TEXTS A PASSING POWER that include more than just a dedication of a specific item to a god, making them similar to summary inscriptions. 326 Few texts that have been identified as a letter to the god. They are reports of the king' s deeds (successful campaigns) addressed to a god. They were probably read aloud to a live audience, glorifying the king 327 and commemorating the fallen. None of the texts here are letters to the god. Instead they all fall into the first three of these genres, commemorative inscriptions (annals and summary inscriptions), one label, and two of mixed character, including dedicatory inscriptions.

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