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Bibil Identifier bibil:218119
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Siloam Tunnel Inscription
Title (English, ) Historical and Linguistic Perspectives
Author Rendsburg, Gary A.
Author Schniedewind, William M.
Journal Israel Exploration Journal (Volume: 60, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 188-203 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The present article seeks to answer two questions: a) who the builders of the Siloam Tunnel were, and b) how one explains the three linguistic peculiarities of the relatively short Siloam Tunnel inscription. The historical, archaeological and linguistic evidence suggest that the tunnel was constructed by individuals who emigrated to Jerusalem from southern Samaria (Ephraim) and Benjamin in advance of the Assyrian invasion of the land. At least three - if not four - linguistic features in the inscription are associated with the Hebrew dialect of this border region, straddling the domains of the kingdom of Israel to the north and the kingdom of Judah to the south. This finding, in turn, suggests that a literate individual from within the group of builders was responsible for the epigraph.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Sites : Sites (H - L) : Jerusalem / Yerushalayyim / El-Quds : Siloam Inscription
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