The Dating of the lmlk Storage Jars and Its Implications: Rejoinder to Lipschits, Sergi and Koch

David Ussishkin*

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Abstract

In two recent issues of Tel Aviv, Oded Lipschits, Omer Sergi and Ido Koch (2010, 2011) suggested a new chronological scheme for the lmlk stamped storage jars in Judah. They divided these, as well as the storage jars with concentric circle incisions and rosette stamp impressions into five stages of manufacture and use, from ca. 730 BCE to 587/6 BCE. Based on this chronological scheme Lipschits, Sergi and Koch presented various historical conclusions with regard to Judah. The present paper argues that all the lmlk and 'private' stamps, as well as the concentric circle incisions, were applied concurrently to the storage jars shortly before Sennacherib's campaign in 701 BCE, while the rosette stamped storage jars date to shortly before the Babylonian conquest of Judah in 587/6 BCE. Hence, the chronological scheme of Lipschits, Sergi and Koch as well as the various historical conclusions based on it cannot be accepted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220-240
Number of pages21
JournalTel Aviv
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2011

Keywords

  • Judah
  • Lachish
  • Lmlk stamps/seal impressions
  • Lmlk storage jars
  • Sennacherib's campaign

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