Sunday, April 10, 2016

Shanks on the Eshba'al inscription

BIBLE HISTORY DAILY: First Person: Banning Ba’al (Hershel Shanks).
Was the proper name Eshbaal—man of Ba’al—banned in Judah after King David’s time? A recent analysis suggests that it was.

Ba’al, meaning lord or master, was a common divine appellative in Canaan and neighboring areas during Biblical periods, most frequently referring to the storm god.

It does look like it, yes.

There's more on the Eshba'al (Ishba'al) inscription from Khirbet Qeiyafa here, here, here, and here. Cross-file under Epigraphy.