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Exile And Forced Labour In Bêt Har'Os: Remarks On A Recently Discovered Moabite Inscription

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This chapter discusses a recently found Moabite inscription that contains information on exile and deportation in the Transjordan area. Ahituv has edited an ancient Moabite inscription of at least seven lines written on an octagonal basalt column. Ahituv proposed a variety of suggestions to fill in the gaps of the inscription. The Moabite inscription does not give the name of the particular king, which makes it difficult to date the inscription. The events narrated must have taken place before the rise of Assyrian power. Obviously, the unknown Moabite king forced his Ammonite captives into building work. These captives are workers who laboured on the king's building projects. In the conflict between Morocco and the movement for the liberation of Western Sahara, several Moroccan prisoners of war in the Sahrawi refugee camps were forced to labour for those who had imprisoned them, to give just one recent example.

Keywords: Ahituv; Ammonite captives; Assyrian power; exiled communities; forced labour; Moabite inscription



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