The Jehoash Affair: A Personal Recollection

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2015_OctoberANET_BannerBy: Howard R. Feldman

In recent years few artifacts have captured as much attention as the Jehoash inscription. The dark stone tablet, only 10 inches by 12 inches, bears a 15 line Hebrew inscription describing renovations made to the Jerusalem temple by the Judean king Jehoash, son of Ahaziya, around the year 800 BCE. Whether the tablet, reportedly found in Jerusalem, is a real artifact from the First Temple has been an archaeological and legal saga that has lasted over a decade.

Jehoash tablet

I became involved in 2006 when my late friend

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