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Newly discovered ancient text suggests new age for Bible

The ancient text shown in this drawing was discovered on a shard of pottery in Israel.
The ancient text shown in this drawing was discovered on a shard of pottery in Israel.
University of Haifa

For years people have believed that the Hebrew Bible and writing system had originated in the 6th century B.C.  A new discovery, however, of an ancient Hebrew text, inscribed on a piece of pottery, has reshaped the thoughts of scientists and scholars alike. 

This new text, discovered by archaeologist Yosef Garfinkel of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, dates back to the 10th century B.C., showing that the Israeli Kingdom had already been established at this time.

The newly discovered writing was translated by Gershon Galil, a professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Haifa in Israel. The content of writing has many similarities with already known Biblical texts, such as: Isaiah 1:17 and Psalms 72:3. More about the text, including the translation, can be found at livescience.com.

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