Annals Edition 2- Marble Slab Inscription, 839 BCE
Israel submits to Assyria
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Date: 839 BCE
Current Location: Iraq Museum, Baghdad, Iraq (IM 55644)
Language and Script: Assyrian?; cuneiform
This copy of Shalmaneser’s annals was found on a marble tablet on the outer wall of the city of Ashur. Located along the Tigris in northern Iraq, Ashur is the original town of the Assyrians (Hebrew Ashur = English Assyr[ia]), was a major city of the Assyrian Empire, and at times functioned as its capital. In a southern section of Ashur known as the New City, Shalmaneser had commissioned some renovation work on the outer wall and commemorated its completion with this inscription. The annals section comprises the vast majority of the inscription, which concludes with a description of the renovation work. It is dated to 839 BCE because Shalmaneser’s military activities are recounted through his 20th year.