MMST and MWSH

The closest parallels to the place-names on the lmlk impressions (about which I have written numerous posts) are the m(w)sh (Mozah) impressions found mostly at Mizpah, the Babylonian governor’s residence. Mozah is a town mentioned in the Bible only once, and is located eight miles from Mizpah in a deep, fertile valley. The reasons for why Mozah, instead of, say, Gibeon or Jericho, was chosen as the place to have its own special jars, are unknown. MMST is a town or farm likely located in the northern Hill Country, in the Gedor/Halhul district, which is mentioned in nowhere but the lmlk imressions. The book of Jeremiah briefly mentions the taxation system imposed by the Babylonians.

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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