Earliest-Known Hebrew Text Discovered


The shard contains five lines of text divided by black lines

The shard contains five lines of text divided by black lines

I thought this was interesting (from CNN):

An Israeli archaeologist has discovered what he says is the earliest-known Hebrew text, found on a shard of pottery that dates to the time of King David from the Old Testament, about 3,000 years ago. Professor Yosef Garfinkel of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem says the inscribed pottery shard — known as an ostracon — was found during excavations of a fortress from the 10th century BC. Carbon dating of the ostracon, along with pottery analysis, dates the inscription to time of King David, about a millennium earlier than the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, the university said.

Sometimes these “finds” proove to be false, but it is interesting nontheless.

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