Amarna tablets: Letter from Pabi to Akhenaton
Letter from Pabi to AkhenatonTo the Great One, thus speaks Pabi, at your feet do I fall.
You must know that Shipti-Ba'al and Zimrida are conspiring, and Shipti-Ba'al has said to Zimrida: "My father of the city Yarami has written to me: give me six bows, three daggers and three swords. If I take the field against the land of the king and you march at my side, I shall surely conquer. He who makes this plan is Pabi. Send him before me."
Now have I sent you Rapha-el. He will bring to the Great Man intelligence concerning the matter.
[Rogers Introduction]: This letter was found in the mound of Tell-el-Hesy Clay 14, 1.i92, by F. I. Bliss, and awakened great interest because it obviously belongs to the same series as the Tell-el-Amarna letters and possesses the additional interest of having been actually discovered in the soil of Palestine. Published by Hilprecht, "Expedition of the University of Pennsylvania," vol. I; "Old Babylonian Inscriptions," part 2, Plate 64, No. 147. Translated by Winckler, "Keilinschriftliche Bibliothek," v, No. 219, and by Ungnad in Gressmann, "Altorientalische Texte und Bilder," i, pp. 127-128, and by Knudtzon, "Die El-Amarna Tafeln," No. 333.Source: From: Robert William Rogers, ed., Cuneiform Parallels to the Old Testament (New York: Eaton & Mains, & Cincinnati: Jennings & Graham, 1912), pp. 268-278.
Scanned by: J. S. Arkenberg, Dept. of History, Cal. State Fullerton. Prof. Arkenberg may have modernized the text.
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Tell el Hesy was identified by Petrie as ancient Lakhish, which I accepted without checking. Petrie was wrong, and so was I. My thanks to Dr. Zvi Lederman, Director of the Tel Beth-shemesh Excavations, for putting me right.
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