After finding out about Israel Finkelstein’s reference to my book in the current issue of Tel Aviv (vol. 39, #2), I purchased a paper copy for my library (& one as a keepsake for my parents). I also subscribed for 2013, & bought back-issues of 37 #1 containing the controversial article by Lipschits, Sergi, & Koch, as well as 38 #1 with their follow-up article, & 38 #2 with Ussishkin’s rejoinder. Many years ago I had purchased other back-issues directly from Tel Aviv University, but they never arrived. Fortunately, a friend of mine visited Israel, & purchased an important issue for me.
I was thrilled to receive my $202.50 order last week! (Each paper copy currently costs $40.50.) Even more thrilling was getting to see the actual cover of 37 #1 since it was never published on Maney’s website, nor was it part of the individual PDF article that a friend forwarded to me back in 2010. (I don’t know which issues are represented by the static thumbnails shown on Maney’s & IngentaConnect’s respective sites.) To ensure that everyone gets to see it, I decided to post a very hi-resolution image of it here (5 Megabytes if you click on it):
The credit page on the back of the cover states the following:
“lmlk HIIa stamp impression from Ramat Rahel. Design by Nirit Kedem and Ido Koch.”
Note that the credit page also states the following:
“Copyright 2010 Friends of the Institue of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise without the written permission of the copyright holder.”
Obviously this is the best H2U ever published, & among the most-complete LMLK impressions known, so I’m planning to add it to the Ramat Rahel & LMLK Dotcom Museum pages (when I return to that endeavor after taking care of some higher priorities). I thought it would be good to publicize it so that Kedem & Koch get the full credit they deserve for this magnificent image, including the nice line-drawings in the background.
A great Heritage Singers song for this occasion is “All the World Should Know” from their “What Is This?” album, but since it’s not posted on YouTube at this time, this one will have to do: