As I mentioned yesterday, Gabi Barkay today gave a talk at BIU at the Jerusalem conference of the Rennert Center in which he spoke about a group of bullae which save for one, all derived from the antiquities market. While those of you who are interested will have to buy the conference proceedings to read more, the gist of Gabi’s quite brilliant idea is to connect between a group of fiscal bullae, with a formula “placename LMLK” to the fiscal system during the reign of Manasseh. He suggests that even some of Manasseh’s regnal dates appear on some of these bulla!
If Gabi is correct, this is quite fantastic, as it provides a previously unknown system for another of the Judahite kings. Also, if correct, it raised additional questions regarding Oded Lifschutz et al. suggestions on the continuation of the use of the LMLK stamps into the early 7th cent. BCE.
Really nice – and that what makes archaeology so much fun! Exciting new finds and interpretations all the time!