Tel-Aviv on the Chebar = Suruppak

Wayne Horowitz, Peter Zilberg

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The Akkadian names of both the town and canal of Ezekiel 1 "Tel-Aviv on the Chebar Canal" (Ezekiel 1) have long been attested in cuneiform records: The Chebar Canal (,dka-ba-ra) in late-Babylonian administrative tablets, the town alu §a-til-abube 'The town of the ruin-mound of the flood,' in a single late-Babylonian economic document. This article discusses the location of 51u Sa-til-abube in relation to the site of the town of of al-YShudu, now best known from the al-Yahudu archival complex published by Laurie Pearce and Cornelia Wunsch, and proposes that alu §a til abGbe and 'Tel-Aviv on the Chebar Canal' of Ezekiel are one and the same place, and should be identified with the Ancient Sumerian city Suruppak.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)71-79
Number of pages9
JournalBiblische Notizen
Issue number187
StatePublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Religious studies
  • History


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