Papyrus Amherst 63: A New Source for the Language, Literature, Religion, and History of the Aramaeans
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We may recall that, according to II Kings 17:33, the people deported by the Assyrians to Samaria "worshipped the Lord, while worshipping their own gods", including, for example, Ashima of Hamath. However, the reliability of this report has been called into question by Talmon. According to him, "[this] tradition ... is not at all objective historical testimony".37 It is therefore worth noting that the Biblical record is completely corroborated by Amherst 63. By the time the Rashans migrated to Egypt, they worshipped both Eshem-Bethel, the Resident of Hamath, and, lehavdil, the God of Israel.
“Papyrus Amherst 63: A New Source for the Language, Literature, Religion, and History of the Aramaeans.” In Studia Aramaica: New Sources and New Approaches, edited by M. J. Geller, J. C. Greenfield, and M. P. Weitzman, 199-207. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.
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