Stele of Zakkur
|Stele of Zakkur|
The surviving part of the Stele of Zakkur with the inscription
|Height||62 centimetres (24 in)|
|Width||13 centimetres (5.1 in)|
|Created||c. 805 – c. 775|
|Place||Tell Afis, Syria|
|Present location||Musée du Louvre, Paris|
The Stele was discovered in 1903 at Tell Afis (mentioned in the Stele as Hazrach), 45 km southeast of Aleppo, in the territory of the ancient kingdom of Hamath. It was published in 1907. The inscription is known as KAI 202; it reads:
|“||I am Zakkur, king of Hamath and Luash . . . Bar-Hadad, son of Hazael, king of Aram, united against me seventeen kings . . .all these kings laid siege to Hazrach . . . Baalshamayn said to me, "Do not be afraid! . . .I will save you from all [these kings who] have besieged you"||”|
Two gods are mentioned in the inscription, Baalshamin and Iluwer. Iluwer was the personal god of king Zakkur, while Baalshamin was the god of the city. It is believed that Iluwer represents the earlier god Mer or Wer going back to 3rd millennium BC.
This inscription represents the earliest Aramaean evidence of the god Baalshamin/Ba'alsamayin.
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