[b-hebrew] Josiah's book of the Law

Dora Smith villandra at austin.rr.com
Wed Aug 3 19:47:46 EDT 2005

How specifically did they spell "Jerusalem"?

Dora Smith
Austin, Texas
villandra at austin.rr.com
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: George F Somsel 
  To: villandra at austin.rr.com 
  Cc: yitzhaksapir at gmail.com ; b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org 
  Sent: Wednesday, August 03, 2005 7:18 AM
  Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Josiah's book of the Law

  On Wed, 3 Aug 2005 06:26:59 -0500 "Dora Smith" <villandra at austin.rr.com> writes:
  > I previously sent this only to Yitzhak by mistake.
  > I am wondering; I beleive that Jerusalem actually existed for a long 
  > time,
  > as a fortress; and that the archeological evidence shows that but 
  > just does
  > not show that there was a city there.
  > But if I knew it was mentioned in the Amarna letters, I've 
  > forgotten.
  > Where and in what context is Jerusalem mentioned in the Amarna 
  > letters?
  > Yours,
  > Dora Smith
  > Austin, Texas
  > villandra at austin.rr.com

  There are a number of letters classified as "Jerusalem Letters"; however, not all of these specifically mention Jerusalem.  I am assuming that they are so classified due to the names of the writers and other personages mentioned.  EA 287 states

  If this year there are archers, then the lands and the mayors will belong to the king, my lord. But if there are no archers, then the ki[ng] will have neither lands nor mayors. 25–32 Consider Jerusalem! This neither my father nor m[y] mother gave to me. The [str]ong hand: zu-ru-uḫ (arm) [of the king] gave it to me.) Consider the deed! This is the deed of Milkilu and the deed of the sons of Lab˒ayu, who have given the land of the king ‹to› the ˓Apiru. 

  Moran, W. L. (1992). The Amarna letters. Translation of: Tell el-Amarna tablets. (English-language ed.) (EA 287:20). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

  I'm sure that some of the characters contained herein will not be transmitted to the list so I offer my apologies for that.  I'm not certain what needs to be edited to make it readable.

  EA 289 also specifically mentions Jerusalem.


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