Monday, January 18, 2010

Oldest Hebrew Inscription Found

Okay, this story has made the rounds on the biblioblog circuit, but I had to mention it here. Here's the report on MSNBC:

Scientists have discovered the earliest known Hebrew writing — an inscription dating from the 10th century B.C., during the period of King David's reign.

The breakthrough could mean that portions of the Bible were written centuries earlier than previously thought. (The Bible's Old Testament is thought to have been first written down in an ancient form of Hebrew.)

Until now, many scholars have held that the Hebrew Bible originated in the 6th century B.C., because Hebrew writing was thought to stretch back no further. But the newly deciphered Hebrew text is about four centuries older, scientists announced this month.

As I mentioned, others have already commented on this story. Bob Cargill has a good roundup.

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