Posted by: Rob Lester | November 12, 2010

Oldest Hebrew writing dated to 1000 B.C.

Prof. Gershon Galil of the Univ. of Haifa in Israel deciphered an inscription on a piece of pottery which has been carbon dated to the 10th century BC. This would have been during the reign of King David. This makes it the earliest known Hebrew writing, almost a thousand years older than the Dead Sea Scrolls. The inscription refers to how to treat weaker members of society (slaves, widows, infants, poor). It is not Scripture, but shares similar concepts and mentions worshiping the Lord. The current theory is that the Bible could not have been written before the 6th century BC (around the Babylonian captivity) because Hebrew writing did not exist until then. So when Moses said he recorded the words of the Lord in a book in Dt. 31:24, he must have been lying by inspiration. Didn’t he know writing didn’t exist way back then in 1500 BC?  But the Code of Hammurabi, the Ebla tablets, and other archaeological discoveries prove that codified writing and Biblical names critics allow for. Again, we see the evidence continually pushes the dates back and brings them in harmony with the Bible. “Most ancient Hebrew biblical inscription deciphered” in Archaeology & Fossils 1/7/2010 1/12/10 “When Was the Bible Really Written?”


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