Kuttamuwa Inscription Update: Pardee’s transcription
Yesterday I attended Dennis Pardee and David Schloen’s paper “A New Alphabetic Inscription from Zincirli.” Here’s a rough cut of Pardee’s transcription of the Kuttamuwa Inscription. I need to stress, this is Pardee’s work not my own.
Pardee is unsure how to differentiate ד and ר in the text on any other criteria than contextual. That is to say, when he doesn’t recognize the word, he isn’t sure. (For picture click the link at DailyHebrew.com, or any of the other sites that have the image.)
- mn bny.ʾš.wyhy.lh.
So there you have it. In interest of intellectual property, I won’t put Pardee’s translation up as well. Besides, I expect most of my readers can read Aramaic to begin with.
Some of the deities are interesting. I think this inscription points to an interesting interchange of deities reminiscent of Hittite practices in the Late Bronze Age. Definitely a cool little rock.
Update: Doug Magnum has posted his notes from the same presentation here.