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Dana Murray
published on 04 March 2015
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Erected in the mid ninth-eigth century B.C.E., the Tel Dan Stela includes the Tel Dan Inscription (or "House of David" inscription) thereby providing the first historical evidence of King David from the Bible. The inscription is written in aramaic, apparently erected under the reign of a king of Aram, describing his triumphs over his enemies. The reference to the "House of David" suggests that a Judean king was involved in the events described.

Discovered in 1993 at the site of Tel Dan in northern Israel under the direction of archaeologist Avraham Biran, the stela is now located in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

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Dana Murray
PhD student with interest in the art, architecture, and religion of ancient Greece and the Near East.


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Murray, D. (2015, March 04). Tel Dan Inscription. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Murray, Dana. "Tel Dan Inscription." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified March 04, 2015.

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