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Assyrian Tribute List

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This small cuneiform tablet, undated, but probably of the time of Sargon II or Sennacherib, lists tribute from Ammon (two manus of gold), Moab (one manu of gold), Judah (ten manus of silver), Edom and Byblos (quantities destroyed). The Babylonian manu, made up of sixty šiqlu, weighed about 505 gm., similar to the Hebrew māneh, used to weigh gold (1Ki. 10-11) and silver (Ezra 2-69; Neh. 7-71, 72), which was made up of fifty šeqel, which weighed about 500 gm. (e.g. 2 Sam. 14-26).

Mitchell, T.C. The Bible in the British Museum; Interpreting the Evidence. London- British Museum Press, 1988.

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