Pu-Ba'lu

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Pu-Ba'lu, (another spelling, also Pu-Bahla) was ruler/mayor of Yursa, (a city/city-state in Canaan(?)), of the 1350-1335 BC Amarna letters correspondence. His name translates in Akkadian as: "word/mouth (of) Baal", the 'Spokesman (of) Baal' , (–or 'Baal's Voice').

Pu-Ba'lu of Yursa is the author of three letters to pharaoh. See: Yursa

The three Amarna letters, (EA for 'el Amarna') to pharaoh from Pu-Ba'lu of Yursa are:

EA 314—Title: "A shipment of glass"
EA 315—Title: "Like a command of the Sun"–See: Reanap
EA 316—Title: "Postscript to the royal scribe"–See: Tahmašši

Of the entire Amarna letters 382–letter corpus, Pu-Ba'lu of Yursa is only referenced in letters 314, and 315, as: "..Pu-Ba'lu, the ruler of Yursa", and EA 316, as "Pu-Ba'lu". One other reference in EA 104, entitled: "Ullassa taken" is to Abdi-Ashirta's son, "Pu-Bahla", presumably a separate 'Pu-Baal'.

Example letter of Pu-Ba'lu[edit]

EA 314, "A shipment of glass"[edit]

"To the king-(i.e. Pharaoh), my lord, my god, my Sun, the Sun from the sky: Message of Pu-Ba'lu, your servant, the ruler of Yursa. I indeed prostrate myself at the feet of the king, my lord, my god, my Sun: the Sun from the sky, 7 times and 7 times, on the back and on the belly. I am indeed guarding the place of the king, (my) lord, my Sun, the Sun from the sky. Who is the dog g that would not o]be[y the orders of the king, the Sun from the sk]y? [Since the king, my lord, has ord[ere[d] some glass, I [s]end it to the king, my lord, my god, the Sun from the sk[y]." -EA -314, lines 1-22 (with damaged cuneiform characters)

EA 235, entitled: "An order of glass", is of the same subject, a letter from Satatna of Akka. See also the same subject glass: Yidya of Ašqaluna, EA 323; see: Yidya.

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