Professor says pottery text reveals biblical history

A 3,000-year-old inscription, found on the remains of a jug, discovered in Jerusalem, is evidence of King Solomon's reign, according to a Jewish professor of ancient history.

Gershon Galil, from the Department of Biblical Studies and Jewish History at the University of Haifa, in Israel, said he’s come up with the ‘only reasonable translation’ of the text so far.

He believes the first part of the inscription indicates it came from the twentieth or thirtieth year that Solomon was on the throne, and the middle portion is translated as ‘inferior wine’.

The text in question, the ‘Ophel inscription,’ is the most ancient Hebrew engraving to emerge from the archaeological digs in the area so far.

Professor Galil, says it shows that Bible stories of King David and King Solomon were not passed down orally but written down at the time and are accurate

He also believes that the inscription supports Biblical stories that tell of complicated administrative systems and a strictly hierarchical society.

‘Scribes that could write administrative texts could also write literary and historiographic texts and this has very important implications for the study of the Bible and understanding the history of Israel in the biblical period,’ he said.

Read more: Daily Mail 27/1/14

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