§142 Rebellion against Agrippa

Rebellion against Agrippa

(0142) Text: l ‘lm bn ṣ’b bn grm’l bn ḏ’b w mrd ‘l- h- mlk grfṣ ks¹r [h-] s¹l[s¹ lt]

Translation: By ‘lm son of S‘b son of Grm’l son of D’b, and he rebelled against Agrippa to break the bonds.

Commentary: It is not clear what event or even which Agrippa this Safaitic inscription refers to. Plausible speculation could be offered about this inscription being produced during the Judaean War, though it would be no more than conjecture; see similar dating by Agrippa’s military might in §138, §141, §143, §146.. The inscription is in Safaitic and so the text is rendered here in transliteration instead of transcription, given difficulties in reproducing the latter (e.g., use of boustrephedon, non-standard characters).

Provenience: stateless desert region (Basalt Desert, Jordan – Ruwaishid Distict of Mufraq Governorate) 37-97 CE

Bibliography: OCIANA OCI018827 (old); OCIANA #0021651*