3,000-year-old text sheds light on biblical history
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#1 Aug 1, 2013
A few characters on the side of a 3,000-year-old earthenware jug dating back to the time of King David have stumped archaeologists until now -- and a fresh translation may have profound ramifications for our understanding of the Bible.
Experts had suspected the fragmentary inscription was written in the language of the Canaanites, a biblical people who lived in the present-day Israel. Not so, says one expert who claims to have cracked the code: The mysterious language is actually the oldest form of written Hebrew, placing the ancient Israelites in Jerusalem earlier than previously believed.
"Hebrew speakers were controlling Jerusalem in the 10th century, which biblical chronology points to as the time of David and Solomon," ancient Near Eastern history and biblical studies expert Douglas Petrovich told FoxNews.
First discovered near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem last year, the 10th century B.C. fragment has been labeled the Ophel Inscription. It likely bears the name of the jug's owners and its contents.
If Petrovich's analysis proves true, it would be evidence of the accuracy of Old Testament tales. If Hebrew as a written language existed in the 10th century, as he says, the ancient Israelites were recording their history in real time as opposed to writing it down several hundred years later. That would make the Old Testament an historical account of real-life events.
For decades, archaeologists have been digging around the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, as well as places around Israel, Syria, and Iraq, and are finding more and more proof of what was written in the Old Testament. Everything from the Tower of Babel and the Hanging Gardens in Iraq to David's Temple near Jerusalem, and from the location of the Tent of Meeting to signet rings of the Jewish Temple High Priests. More and more as time moves on, indisputable evidence is being uncovered proving that Judaism is as accurate as the bible says it is. No other religion in the world can boast this! Even the original first Christian churches have been uncovered in Israel proving the existence of worship centered on Jesus Christ.
Exciting times are upon us!
#2 Aug 1, 2013
Here is today's new discovery.
Since: Jul 13
#3 Aug 1, 2013
Israel is among a number of Middle Eastern and Muslim nations where the United States plans to shut its embassies on Aug. 4 in the face of a terrorist threat.
This is a red flag warning, in my eyes. Are we going war?
I like your articles.
I read somewhere where Isralites was on stone stating something about them being defeated.
They existed. Family Tree,hello.
I will try to find that stone article.
#4 Aug 1, 2013
No war, just U.S. embassies closing in a slew of Muslim countries on Sunday due to a credible and serious security threat from al Qaeda. It will pass.
Israelites existed as did their belief and worship of a Creator from their beginnings. Evidence is continuing to show these were not just fancy stories made up, but actually happened. Nobody in any capacity has done what Judaism has done over the last 3000 plus years and kept a continuous history as accurate as it has. Nobody. That has to count for something.
Since: Jul 13
#5 Aug 1, 2013
"Mesha Stele (Moabite Stone)
What is Written on the Stone?
"I am Mesha, son of Chemosh[-yatti], the king of Moab, the Dibonite.
My father (had) reigned over Moab for thirty years, and I reigned
after my father. And I made this high-place for Chemosh in Qarcho ...
because he has delivered me from all kings, and because he has made me triumph over all my enemies. As for Omri
the king of Israel, and he humbled Moab for many years (days), for Chemosh was angry with his land.
And his son reigned in his place; and he also said, "I will oppress Moab!" In my days he said so.
But I ltriumphed over him and over his house, and Israel has perished; it has perished forever! And Omri took possession of the whole land of Medeba,
and he lived there in his days and half the days of his son (Ahab): forty years.
But Chemosh restored it in my days. And I built Baal Meon, and I built a water reservoir in it. And I built
Qiryaten. And the men of Gad lived in the land of Atarot from ancient times; and the king of Israel
built Atarot for himself, and I fought against the city and captured it. And I killed all the people of
the city as a sacrifice for Chemosh and for Moab. And I brought back the fire-hearth of his uncle from there; and I brought it
before the face of Chemosh in Qerioit, and I made the men of Sharon live there, as well as the men of Maharit.
And Chemosh said to me, "Go, take Nebo from Israel."
And I went in the night and fought against it from the daybreak until midday, and I took it
and I killed the whole population: seven thousand male subjects and aliens, and female subjects, aliens, and servant girls.
For I had devoted them to destruction for (the god) Ashtar Chemosh. And from there I took the
vessels of Yahweh, and I presented them before the face of Chemosh. And the king of Israel had built
Yahaz, and he stayed there throughout his campaign against me; and Chemosh drove him away before my face. And
I took two hundred men of Moab, all first class (warriors), and I led it up to Yahaz. And I have taken it
in order to add it to Dibon. I have built Qarcho, the wall of the woods and the wall of
the citadel; and I have built its gates; and I have built its towers; and
I have built the house of the king; and I have made the double reservoir for the spring in the innermost part of the city.
Now the innermost part of the city had no cistern, in Qarcho, and I said to all the people, "Each one of you shall make
a cistern in his house." And I cut the moat for Qarcho by using Israelite captives.
I have built Aroer, and I constructed the military road in Arnon (valley).
I have built Beth-Bamot, for it had been destroyed. I have built Bezer, for it lay
in ruins. And the men of Dibon stood in battle formation, for all Dibon were in subjection. And I am the king
over the hundreds in the towns which I have added to the land. And I have built
Beth-Medeba and Beth-Diblaten and Beth-Baal-Meon, and I brought there ...
flocks of the the land. And the House of [Da]vid dwelt in Hauranen,...
Chemosh said to me, "Go down, fight against Hauranen!" I went down ... and Chemosh restored it in my days ..."
I read what I was looking for a while back but can't locate it.
This web site is giving great news.
I like the proof.
#6 Aug 2, 2013
Many Israelites witnessed God and the effects of God. But many of them, like you, walked away from God and in end suffered greatly for it. The history of this has withstood time and is active even to this day.
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