Who knows two hundred ninety-eight?
?שמונה ותשעים ומאתים - מי יודע
In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number 298.
I wash my hands of anything to do with lazy gematria on this one.
Check out mi-yodeya-series for the previous two hundred ninety-seven entries in this ongoing series.
Please include sources for your information wherever possible, as with all other answers on this site.