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Behistun Inscription
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A trilingual inscription carved by Darius the Great in the face of a 500-foot cliff near Hamadan. The relief and inscription recount the genealogy of Darius and depict his victory over Gaumata the Usurper. It is written in Old Persian, Elamite, and the Babylonian variety of Akkadian. When the inscription was discovered above the modern Bisitun (Behistun of Persia), it provided the key to deciphering cuneiform and the Akkadian language.
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Behistun Inscription
Behistun Inscription A trilingual inscription carved by Darius the Great in the face of a 500-foot cliff near Hamadan. The relief and inscription recount the genealogy of Darius and depict his victory over Gaumata the Usurper. It is written in Old Persian, Elamite, and the Babylonian variety of Akkadian.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Behistun Inscription
Behistun Inscription. Trilingual account of the exploits of Darius I, engraved into the side of Mt Behistun in ancient Persia.See Inscriptions.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Behistun Inscription
Behistun inscription bay′his-toon′. A trilingual text (Old Persian, Assyrian, and Elamite) in which Darius I recounts his genealogy and victories. The modern discovery of this inscription, which was carved on the limestone rock of a precipice above the town of Behistun (modern Bisitun) in Persia, became