Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Hebrew letter
Iron Age II, 6th century BCE
Ink on pottery
L: 16.5; W: 10 cm
Israel Antiquities Authority
Accession number: IAA 1938-129
“To my lord Yaush. May Yahweh make this time a good one for you. Who is your servant (but) a dog that my lord should have sent (him) the king's letter and those of the officials asking me to read them? The [officials’] statements are not good – (they are of a kind) to slacken your courage and to weaken that of the men […]. Won't you write to [them] as follows: ‘[Why] are you acting thus?’ […] As Yahweh your God lives, ever since your servant read the letters he has not had [a moment's peace].”

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