Moabite Stone, end of line 3, beginning of line 4
Harold R. Holmyard III
hholmyard at ont.com
Mon Nov 20 22:55:53 EST 2000
I have a fresh translation of the Moabite Stone by Dr. James J. S. Johnson,
who teaches at LeTourneau University. He renders line three of the stone as:
-TY )XR )BY W)(& HBMT Z)T LKM$ BQRXH BM[$] M$(
(reign)ed after my father. And I made this high place to Chemosh in QRXh
(Qir-Xh/ Baldsite?) [. . . .] in delivering Me(sha),
In one rendering of the line he does not include the word "delivering"; so
he may have doubt about it.
For further information, you might contact Dr. Johnson at:
James S. J. Johnson, Ph.D.
P.O. Box 2952
Dallas, TX 75221
Tel.: metro 817-430-9305
FAX: metro 817-430-9306
>In our second-year class, we have begun work on inscriptional Semitics. I
>have a question about the Moabite Stone. We discussed in class the
>different reconstructions that are possible for the tie between lines 3 and
>4. I am wondering what would be a reasonable fill-in. I think we ended on
>something like BFMFT Y"$A` (the mem, tav and yod being supplied and the
>shin and ayin coming from line 4), this meaning something like "a high
>place of deliverance." Does anyone on the list have more ready knowledge
>of this stone and the different attempts at reconstruction of lines 3-4?
>Also, any information dealing with other gaps would help.
>One other thing, do we know anything about QRXH from the same line? Is
>that a place name or something like "bald/barren place"?
>LINES 3 and 4 (question places underlined):
>MLKTY 'XR 'BY. W'`& HBMT Z'T LKM$ _BQRXH_. _B[MT Y]$`_ KY H$`NY MKL H[M]LKN
>WKY HR'NI BKL &N'Y `[MR]Y
>"I reigned after my father. And I made this high place (BMH) unto Chemosh
>_in Qarcho_ (?). [It is] _a high place of deliverance_ (?) because he
>delivered me from all the kings and because he caused me to look upon all
>FYI, we have already gone through Hezekiah's tunnel inscription. I would
>like any available information on these two inscriptions. Thanks so much
>for you time!
>Jason A. Hare
>Ozark Christian College
>1111 N. Main (Strong 220)
>Joplin, MO 64801
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