Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Amalyah Oren
Philistine dedicatory inscription
Ekron
Iron Age II, 7th century BCE
Limestone
H: 39; W: 60; D: 26 cm
Israel Antiquities Authority
Accession number: IAA 1997-2912
 
 
This inscription, written some 500 years after the Philistines first settled in the Land, was found in a temple in Ekron. It informs us that the temple was dedicated by Achish, son of Padi, ruler of Ekron, to his patron goddess. The names of both the goddess and the dedicator are Greek in origin, evidence that the Philistines preserved their traditions for centuries.
Inscription:
The temple which he built, Achish (Ikausu) son of Padi, son of YSD, son of Ada, son of Ya’ir, ruler of Ekron, for PTGYH his lady. May she bless him, and protect him, and prolong his days, and bless his land.


Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir