The Sarcophagus Inscription of ʾEshmunʿazor, King of Sidon (2.57)
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Subject: Monumental Inscriptions from the Biblical World; West Semitic Monumental Inscriptions; Mortuary Inscriptions; Phoenician Inscriptions

Commentary

This black basalt sarcophagus, manufactured in Egypt and imported to Phoenicia, was found in 1855 in a shallow, rock-cut tomb in the Sidonian necropolis. After a false start on the head of the coffin itself, the stonecutter engraved the full inscription on the lid. ʾEshmunʿazor became king at the death of his father, Tabnit, in the mid-fifth century bce. He was an infant…

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McCarter, P. Kyle, “The Sarcophagus Inscription of ʾEshmunʿazor, King of Sidon (2.57)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 23 September 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-436X_cos_aCOSB_2_57>



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