Moabite Stone

A basalt monument now in the Louvre, which was erected by Mesa (4 Kings 3), King of Moab, to commemorate his victories over Israel. Discovered in 1868 at Dhiban (Dibon) in the Land of Moab, it is about 3 feet 8 inches by 2 feet 3 inches, and 14 inches thick, bearing 34 lines of writing, in which Mesa gives the chief events of his reign; of great historical and geographical importance, and one of the oldest inscriptions in the North Semitic alphabet.

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