Negev Drought Texts 840 BCE

"Lack of Yahu" Jug from Hebron south of Jerusalem. 840 BCE
Jug is from the Hebron area south of Jerusalem. The letters are similar to the Gezer tablet which dates it to about 840 BCE around the time of the Elijah drought. It is now on displayed at the Rockefeller Archaeological Museum in Jerusalem. Letter assignments added by Olmsted. Online at: https://www.imj.org.il/en/collections/380302-0

"Lack of Yahu" Jug from Hebron (840 BCE)

(March 16, 2023) These jugs are either used for temple storage or are being sent out to peripheral households around the temple who ordered their content for their own rituals. It is 21 cm high and 13.5 cm in diameter.

Translation in Akkadian 

(Read right to left. Capital letters on tablet. Small letters are inferred Inner vowels. Verb is italic bold).
  1. Lu  YaḪu  Ma  Lu (Levant Text 51.1)

In English. 

  1. Lack of Yahu is from a lack of fertility-fluids

Museum claims the text is Hebrew translated as: "Of Yehumal." Names are not a translation.

"Lack of Su" Jug from Beersheba south of Jerusalem 840 BCE)
Jug is from the Hebron area south of Jerusalem. It is now on display at the Rockefeller Archaeological Museum in Jerusalem. Online at https://www.imj.org.il/en/collections/395170-0

"Lack of Su" Jug from Beersheba (840 BCE)

(March 16, 2023) These jugs are either used for temple storage or are being sent out to peripheral households around the temple who ordered their content for their own rituals. It is 19 cm high and 17 cm in diameter.

Translation in Akkadian 

(Read right to left. Capital letters on tablet. Small letters are inferred Inner vowels. Verb is italic bold)
  1. Lu  Su  Epu  YaHu  Pu (Levant Text 52.1)

In English. 

  1. Lack of Su is drying-out YaHu's openings

Translation Resources Used

All texts translated to the scholar's standard.

Lexicon Used

Olmsted, D.D (January 1, 2022) Mediterranean Akkadian Lexicon 3rd Edition – 2022. DOI Permanent URL:   http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/nbb6-wg16. Online at: https://www.academia.edu/66851810/Mediterranean_Akkadian_Lexicon_3rd_Edition_2022

Letter Charts Used

Letter Class Comparison ChartLevant Letter Chart