There is actually little doubt that Kemosh was the chief god of the Moabites; he is the prime mover behind all the main accomplishments of which King Mesha boasted in his famous inscription, the “Moabite Stone.” For a convenient edition and commentaries, see A. Dearman, ed., Studies in the Mesha Inscription and Moab (Archaeology and Biblical Studies 2; Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1989); his name also appears, as the divine element, in the names of many ancient Moabites. See N. Avigad and B. Sass, Corpus of West Semitic Stamp Seals (Jerusalem, 1997), p. 508.

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