early citration of Yahweh without consort

Dave Washburn dwashbur at nyx.net
Thu Jan 24 18:13:33 EST 2002

>   re Ian's question - Mehsah Stela, late ninth century, mentions Yahweh's
> name without consort. Now, he was only a Moabite, poor king, and simply
> could have been ignorant.

Actually there appears to be one at KA as well.  Anchor Bible 
Dictionary IV:107 lists the "most complete" bowl-rim inscription as 
reading L(BDYW BN (DNH BRK H) LYHW without any mention of a 
consort or Asherah.  Just glancing at the various spellings etc. 
among the inscriptional finds listed in ABD, there seems to be quite 
a range of dialects represented at this site, including some in 
Hebrew but in Phonician script.  So a fairly wide range of references 
to different deities etc. is probably to be expected.
Dave Washburn
This time, like all times, is a very good one if we but know what to do 
with it.

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