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|Length:||33 lines of writing|
|Sender:||Yapahu of Gazru|
|Date:||14th cent. BCE|
|Place of Discovery:||Tel el-Amarna, Egypt
|Date of Discovery:||1887
|Current Location:||British Museum
|Inventory Number:||BM 29833|
|Tablet Number:||EA 298
Bezold & Budge 1892
(from Mercer 1939:2:736, 738)
(adapted from Mercer 1939:2:737, 739
and Moran 1992:340)
|a-namŠarri bêli-ia ilâni-ia||1||To the king, my lord, my god,|
|dŠamŠi-iad ŠamaŠŠá||2||my sun, the sun|
|iŠ-tuansa-me-i||3||in the sky.|
|um-mamYa-pa-hu amêlu Šá||4||Thus says Yapahu, the ruler of|
|ardu-ka ip-ri Šá||6||your servant, the dust of|
|2 Šêpê-ka amêl qar-tab-bi||7||your two feet, the stable-man|
|Šá sisî-ka||8||of your horse:|
|a-na 2 Šêpê Šarri bêli-ia||9||At the two feet of the king, my lord,|
|dŠamaŠá i Š -tu sa-me-i||10||the sun in the sky,|
|7 Šú u 7 ta-a-an||11||seven times and seven times I prostrate myself|
|lu-ú iŠ-ta-ha-hi-in||12||both upon|
|ka-bat-tum-ma u||13||the belly and|
|si-ru-ma u me-ma||14||back. And to all|
Šarru bêli-ia a-na ia-Š i
|15-16||that the king, my lord, has told me|
|iŠ-ti-me danniŠ danni Š||17||I have paid close attention.|
|arad Šarri a-na-ku||18||I am the king's servant|
|u ip-ri Šá 2 Š êpê||19||and the dust of your two feet.|
|20-21||Let the king, my lord, be aware that|
|amêlahi-ia sihhiru||22||my younger brother,|
|na-ka-ar iŠ-tu||23||has rebeled against|
|is-Ši u i-ru-ub||24||me and has entered|
|u na-da-an 2 qa-Šú||26||and he has given over his two hands|
|a-naamêlSA.GAZ.KI||27||to the leader of the 'Apiru.|
|u a-nu-mamât[Ti-]an-na||28||And since [Ti]anna|
|nu-gur-tum muhhi-ia||29||is at war with me,|
|u mi-lik a-na mâti-ka||30||take care of your land.|
|li-iŠ-pu-ra bêli-ia||31||May my lord write|
|a-naamêlra-bi-zi-Š ú||32||to his deputy|
|muhhi ip an-nu-ú||33||about this matter.|
My god is Moran's reading. Mercer reads it as a plural "my gods," which corresponds to Albright's "my pantheon."
Yapahu is also the sender of EA 297, 299, 300, and 378.
Ruler (amêlu) is literally "man," "person." But connected with a city, it indicates the ruler.
Gazru is biblical Gezer, located in the Judean foothills, approximately 21 miles west of Jerusalem. In the Amarna correspondence, it is also mentioned in EA 253, 254, 287, 290, 292, 299, 300, 369, and 378. For biblical references, see Joshua 10:33; 16:10; Judges 1:29; 1 Kings 9:15-17. See Ross (1967) and Dever (1992).
Seven times is a common Semitic expression for "repeatedly." Note some biblical examples: Psalm 12:6; 119:164; Proverbs 24:16; Matthew 18:21-22; Luke 17:4.
Muhhazu is the name of a town, but its location is unknown. This is the only mention of it in the Amarna correspondence.
He has given over his two hands appears to be an idiom for making a pledge (Moran).
Tianna is a reconstructed reading by Moran, following Na'aman. It seems to be a town near Muhhazu. It may also be mentioned in EA 284 and 306, but those are both reconstructed readings as well.
Deputy (rabitsu) refers to a palace official, who would report to the king.
1. Who are the 'Apiru (see Astour , Gottwald [1979:401-26], Greenberg , Lemche , and Moran ? What role do they play here?
2. What are some of the reasons that a younger brother (such as that of Yapahu's) might rebel against his older brother. Note the biblical stories of Cain & Abel, Jacob & Esau, Joseph & his brothers, Amnon & Absalom, Adonijah & Solomon.
3. What does Yapahu expect the Pharaoh to do in this situation?
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