Moabite stone


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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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 of MoabMoab
, 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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Contending that earlier accounts of verbal aspect in Classical Biblical Hebrew narrative can be improved by using Frithiof Rundgren's theory of an aspectual hierarchy with neutralizations, Eskhult reviews the workings of Hebrew aspect and discusses as illustrations a variety of narratives, including the Moabite Stone and major sections of the Deuteronomistic History; he treats briefly the Joseph story, the Elijah and Elisha stories ("Narratives from the North"), and 2 Sam 13-20, and comprehensively Judges 6.
The decision to use the Moabite Stone as a text sample is justified in terms of the language of the text (p.