Friday, April 29, 2005
This copy of the Mesha Stele is in a museum in Madaba, Jordan. The original most probably dates from the 9th century BCE, and recounts King Mesha's victories against Israel, among other achievements. Oddly, this rebounds to the PR benefit of modern Israel, for it represents one of the earliest archaeological testimonies to the existence of an Israeli kingdom during that period. A translation is here, while the ancient Israeli version of events is here.