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Bibil Identifier bibil:217438
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Who Wrote the Aḥiqam Ostracon from Ḥorvat ʿUza?
Author Mendel, Anat
Journal Israel Exploration Journal (Volume: 61, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 54-67 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Hitherto perceived as a letter containing a stationing order for three men to go to Ḥorvat ʿUza, the Aḥiqam Ostracon begins with a fragmentary word and mentions the men as '(belonging) to Aḥiqam'. Epistolographical and palaeographical considerations, however, show that it was never meant to be sent to anyone. The article demonstrates how the shape and content of an inscription may hint at the author's rank and function at the site, as well as at the possible meaning and function of the ostracon. The new understanding of the ostracon offers a contribution to the ongoing discussion about literacy in ancient Israel and an addition to the known uses of writing - that of military manpower management and administration.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Themes : Ostraca
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Sites : Sites (H - L)
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