By Sigurdur Hafthorsson

The learn is an intensive exam of either textual and archaeological resources for the historical past of the dominion of Aram-Damascus.

This nation used to be an Aramean country targeted round Damascus in Syria from ca. 1100 to 732 B.C. The textual assets for the research are inscriptions in Aramaic, Neo-Assyrian inscriptions, and the outdated testomony. In previous experiences, archaeology has been little utilized in tracing this nation. This research provides an summary of excavations and surveys within the sector round Damascus and the Golan.

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332 De Odorico 1995, 75; Grayson 1981,43. 6-7 below. I have labelled these inscriptions as mixed. g. 1 0-11 in RIMA 3. 327 Grayson 1980, 157-159. 328 Relying mainly on Grayson 1980 and 1981. 77 78 A PASSING POWER 333 of course, the gods. It seems that posterity was the most important intended reader! It is clear from the texts and the location of some of them that the kings were anxious to let their names and fame live on.

11. other[ ... and Jehu ru-] 12. led over ls[rael ... and I laid) 13. siege upon [ ... 1 Ill. 8: The text of the Tel Dan stele (fragments A +B) as reconstructed and translated by Biran & Naveh 1995, 12-13. Only a part of the stele's text is available to us. One can only guess how much of it is missing. Biran & Naveh considered line 3 of fragments A and B to span almost the entire breadth of the stele (see ills. 6 and 8), 229 but this is dependent on both their alignment of fragments A and B and their reconstruction of the missing parts of the text.

The Tel Dan Stele In 1993 and 1995 Avraham Biran and Joseph Naveh published three fragments of what they assumed to be the same stele at Tall al-Qa<;li 213 (Tel Dan, MR 211 295). g. the mention of 111n'J, names of kings of Israel and Judah, and the light it throws on the relations between Israel and Aram-Damascus. The part of the text 211 RIMA 2, 198f. 1, 76, 81). , 720-721. 213 Biran & Naveh 1993 (81-98); 1995 ( 1-18). Due to the great amount of literature focusing on the various aspects of the Tel Dan stele, no complete bibliography will be given here.

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