A teenage volunteer found a shard of pottery (15 cm x 15 cm) in the ruins of an ancient town that bears the oldest Hebrew inscription. It was discovered by the stairs and stone washtub of an excavated home at Hirbet Qeiyafa sits near the city of Beit Shemesh in the Judean foothills, an area that was once the frontier between Israelites and their enemy, the Philistines.
The faded five line inscription in the pottery was dated as far back as 3000 years ago, between 1,000 and 975 B.C., the same time the same time of David’s golden rule in Jerusalem. Finding this evidence would strengthened Jewish claim to Israel and regarded as a proof of David’s kingdom is not just a myth. Yossi Garfinkel, an Israeli archaeologist, suggests that the letters were far older than the famous Hebrew text, the Dead Sea scrolls, that was penned about 850 years after. It is said the characters are known to be proto-Canaanite. Several words have tentatively translated meaning “judge,” “slave” and “king.”
Other archaeologists and scholars suggest not to jump into conclusions yet, as proto-Canaanite characters were not only used by Israelites. However if it is true, it would support the facts that are written in the Bible’s old testament.
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