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23.12.2012: on of 18 letters found in a guardroom of the Lacshish city gate, ink on pottery, 6th cent. BC., Museum of Israel.


These letters written on shards of pottery (ostraca) are written in biblical Hebrew similar to that of the books of kings and the prose chapters of Jeremiah.


Inscription: To my lord Yaush. May Yahweh make this time a good one for you. Who is your servant [but] a dog that my lord should have sent [him] the king's letter and those of the officials asking me to read the? The [officials'] statements are not good - [they are of a kind to slacken] your courage and to weaken that of the men [...]. Won't you write to [them] as follows: '[Why] are you acting thus?' [...] As Yahweh your God lives, and ever since your servant read the letters he has not had [a moment's peace.]

23.12.2012: plaque depicting a naked goddess, probably Astarte or Anat, Lachish, 13th cent. BC, gold, Museum of Israel.