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Stamp-Jars from Judah: Official Pictorial and Textual Language


Koch, Ido; Lipschits, Oded (2021). Stamp-Jars from Judah: Official Pictorial and Textual Language. Judaïsme ancien : revue internationale d'histoire et de philologie, 9:287-312.

Abstract

In this article, we discuss the seals used by the central administrative apparatus of Judah (later Yehud and Judea to mark jars intended to store wine and oil produced by its estates – a practice that developed in the late eighth century bce and lasted until the late second century bce. The longevity of the practice and the continuity of various aspects, such as the morphology of the jars and the location of the administrative focal points, have shown the stamped jars to be a nuanced tool for the study of the history of Judah throughout the long age of the empires. In what follows, we contextualise the images used in several phases of the system within their broader context and suggest their meaning as official insignia. We further propose a framework for assessing the absence of icons in the other phases.

Abstract

In this article, we discuss the seals used by the central administrative apparatus of Judah (later Yehud and Judea to mark jars intended to store wine and oil produced by its estates – a practice that developed in the late eighth century bce and lasted until the late second century bce. The longevity of the practice and the continuity of various aspects, such as the morphology of the jars and the location of the administrative focal points, have shown the stamped jars to be a nuanced tool for the study of the history of Judah throughout the long age of the empires. In what follows, we contextualise the images used in several phases of the system within their broader context and suggest their meaning as official insignia. We further propose a framework for assessing the absence of icons in the other phases.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology and the Study of Religion > Institute of Religious Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:200 Religion
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Archeology (arts and humanities)
Social Sciences & Humanities > History
Social Sciences & Humanities > Religious Studies
Social Sciences & Humanities > Archeology
Social Sciences & Humanities > Literature and Literary Theory
Language:English
Date:July 2021
Deposited On:07 Jul 2023 15:26
Last Modified:26 Jun 2024 03:30
Publisher:Brepols Publishers
ISSN:2294-9321
Additional Information:2507-0339 (eJournal)
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1484/J.JAAJ.5.127572
Related URLs:https://www.brepolsonline.net/doi/abs/10.1484/J.JAAJ.5.127572 (Publisher)
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