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Moabite stone

(mō`əbīt'), ancient slab of stone erected in 850 B.C. by King MeshaMesha
, in the Bible. 1 King of Moab contemporary with Ahab. Ahab was his overlord, after whose death Mesha attempted a revolt against Israel. The account of this is inscribed on the Moabite stone. 2 Son of Caleb.
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, ancient nation located in the uplands E of the Dead Sea, now part of Jordan. The area is unprotected from the east, hence its history is a chain of raids by the Bedouin.
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; it contains a long inscription commemorating a victory in his revolt against Israel. It was discovered at Dibon, Jordan (1868), by F. A. Klein, a German clergyman. Although it was later broken when Klein tried to purchase it, most of the fragments were recovered. They are in the Louvre. The language of the Moabites is a Phoenician dialect that represents an early form of Hebrew.
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During a visit to the Mesha Centre for Studies and Human Rights in Madaba, south of Amman, Dumas said returning Mesha Stele to Jordan "can only be resolved within international agreements of which Jordan and France are signatories.
In 2014, the center launched a national campaign to retrieve Mesha Stele which was moved from Madaba's southern district of Theeban in 1868.
Mesha Centre President Daifallah Hdeithat, said the demand to return the Mesha Stele to Jordan is a national and legitimate demand since the artifact represents an important part of Jordan's history.