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$58.50 Publications / Studies on the Royal Administration in Ancient Israel in the Light of Epigraphic Sources by Yitzhak Avishur and Michael Heltzer
Studies on the Royal Administration in Ancient Israel in the Light of Epigraphic Sources

Published with the support of the Research Committee of Haifa University, the Faculty of Humanities of Haifa University, and the Reuben and Edith Hecht Trust.

Pages: 295
Year: 2000
Language(s): English
ISBN: 965-90240-9-6


Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Chapter I: Definition and review of the sources
  • Chapter II: The king, his senior ministers and their functions
    • Introduction
    • The King
    • the recorder (hmzkyr)
    • The priest
    • The scribe
    • The “king’s son”
    • Over the corvee (forced labour)
    • The king’s friend
    • The majordomo (‘sr ‘l hbyt)
    • The soken
    • Commander in chief (‘l hsb’)

Chapter III: Other dignitaries and the “king’s servants”

  • sar ha’ir – the governor of the city
  • sar ha’ofim – the head of the baker
  • Local district officers (governors)
  • Royal guard (msm’t)
  • The king’s servants (bdy hmlk)

  • Chapter IV: The na’ar (servant, attendant, youth) and his position according to epigraphic sources

  • Chapter V: Other officials, ranks, and others — the sofet and the soter
  • The sofet (Judge)
  • The soter
  • The eunech (saris)
  • s’r hmsgr – the gatekeeper of the prison
  • nhl – The manager (“guide”)
  • hnss – The standard bearer
  • happaqid, The official (lit. nominated)

  • Chapter VI: Questions of administrative organization arising from several epigraphic funds
    • Excurses
    • Persons in the royal administration in Judah and their connection with the finding of the “Book of the Law” (Deuteronomy)
    • New epigraphic evidence about the fall of Judah in 586 BC
    • Careers of persons in royal service from epigraphic evidence
    • the status of Nob, of the priestly city, in the light of epigraphic data
    • Mentioning of the rb khn (“chief priest”) in the book of Hosea
    • The – keeper-boy
    • he rb ‘lf – headman of the thousand
  • Abbreviations
  • Bibliography
  • List of Illustrations
  • Illustrations