This drawing is based on several drawings published in textbooks, and is not intended to represent the exact characters on the stone, or its current fragmented state.

Moabite Stone

Perhaps more correctly Mesha Stela since this flat stone tablet was inscribed. Written in Moabite (a West Semitic language close to Hebrew and to the Canaanite dialects) it was made for Mesha, king of Moab, recording his successful revolt against Omri, king of Israel.

1.15 meters high with 35 lines of writing, this stela was found in 1868 at Dhiban, Jordan. The stone was broken before being taken to the Louvre in Paris, but a rubbing made previously allows us access to the whole text.


 

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