This book is a collection of inscriptions dating back to the First Temple period. They originate from kingdoms on both sides of the River Jordan: Judah and Israel, Philistia, Edom, Ammon, and Moab. The inscriptions from Judah and Israel were written in Hebrew, the others in languages or dialects similar to Hebrew, thus making them accessible to any reader of Hebrew. The types of inscriptions are manifold: stelae, documents written in ink or painted on stones, potsherds, and even plaster. Echoes from the Past is the fruit of labor of Shmuel Ahituv, well-known historian and Bible scholar. Translated from the Hebrew by the renowned scholar Anson F. Rainey, this handbook has been revised and expanded to include over 220 inscriptions. Each is illustrated by a photograph and/or facsimile, with transcriptions in square Hebrew letters and in pointed Hebrew. Every item, or group of items, is preceded by introductory remarks and followed by translations, interpretations and references. A new appendix on the Aramaic Tel Dan inscription is included, along with a Glossary of Proper Names and indices.
Shmuel Ahituv, PhD, is emeritus professor of Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev