Posted by Jeffrey K Radt ("JRed") | Posted in Israel And Middle East , Nature And Environment | Posted on Friday, October 31, 2008
Archaeologists in Israel said on Thursday they had unearthed the oldest Hebrew text ever found, while excavating a fortress city overlooking a valley where the Bible says David slew Goliath.
The dig's uncovering of the past near the ancient battlefield in the Valley of Elah could have implications for the emotional debate over the the future of Jerusalem, some 12 miles away.
Archaeologists from the Hebrew University said they found five lines of text written in black ink on a shard of pottery dug up at a five-acre site called Elah Fortress, or Khirbet Qeiyafa.
Experts have not yet been able to decipher the text fully, but carbon dating of artifacts found at the site indicates the Hebrew inscription was written about 3,000 years ago, predating the Dead Sea Scrolls by 1,000 years, the archaeologists said.
Several words, including "judge," "slave" and "king," could be identified by the experts. In a finding that could have symbolic value for Israel, the archaeologists said other items discovered at the fortress dig indicated there was most likely a strong king and central government in Jerusalem during the period scholars believe that David ruled the holy city and ancient Israel.
Modern-day Israel often cites a biblical connection through David to Jerusalem in supporting its claim, which has not won recognition internationally, to all of the city as its "eternal and indivisible capital."
I will personally wait on pins and needles for the experts to decipher the text in full to see what the Lord might be trying to tell us. You'll recall a similarly remarkable - and timely - find awhile back regarding Psalm 83 found in that Irish bog.
Regardless of what it says, this is yet another discovery from a secular group of scholars and experts that proves the validity of the Bible.
If finds like these prove that the Bible is true then we need to take it's unfulfilled prophecies for these end times seriously because it's only a matter of time until the occur.
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