n Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages - Samson and Delilah in a newly found inscription?

Volume 32, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0259-0131


In a lengthy discussion Shea has proposed many new readings of an ostracon which was found in the late-seventh-century-B.C.E. destruction layer of Ashkelon. Contrary to the proposal of Cross, he tries to establish some new readings which could be of importance for biblical scholars inasmuch as he finds Samson and Delilah on this ostracon. This critique of the new readings of Shea focuses on palaeographical, orthographical and syntactical problems which make it difficult to accept his transliteration, translation and historical conclusions. Shea's reconstruction of this ostracon's original text is therefore rejected, and a new translation of this fragmentary text is given.

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