Biblical Archaeology Review 6:1, January/February 1980

Letter from a Hebrew King?

Aharoni claims Arad sherd bears a portion of a letter from King Jehoahaz to the military commander at Arad; Yadin disputes Aharoni’s interpretation.

Shortly before his untimely death in 1976 at the age of 56, Yohanan Aharoni, the director of the Tel Aviv University Institute of Archeology, published in Hebrew the text of his long-awaited Arad Inscriptions.a

These inscriptions were painstakingly acquired from his Arad excavations by carefully washing and examining every sherd which might contain an inscription. In this way almost 90 ostracab dating from the tenth to the sixth centuries B.C. were recovered.

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