Perhaps The Lions and Early Yhwds Were Partially Contemporary

Due to the fact paleographic dating surely places at least some Early yhwd impressions in the late 6th C BC, it seems only fair to conclude that, while lion-impressed jars were surely used as the chief tax-collecting jars in Yehud at least until Lipschits’s Type 5 (or, more likely, 6, the most common of the early yhwds and one with a reasonable distribution), some governors did begin the practice of issuing jars in their own name (and not the central Achaemenid government’s) since the beginning of Persian rule over Judah. Nehemiah probably ruled in a post-lion stamp impression phase.

Author: pithom

An atheist with an interest in the history of the ancient Near East. Author of the Against Jebel al-Lawz Wordpress blog.

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