Earliest Hebrew writing discovered

According to liberal Bible scholarship, the Bible was not written down until the 6th century B.C., after the Babylonian captivity. Some liberal scholars deny that Israel existed before that, rejecting the historicity even of King David, as well as the Exodus from Egypt and the conquest of Canaan. But now archeologists have discovered Hebrew writing on a piece of pottery from the 10th century B.C., during what would have been the reign of King David. This means scholars will have to redate the Old Testament. See Bible Possibly Written Centuries Earlier, Text Suggests for the details. What gets me, though, is that the text consists of Bible-like moral and religious injunctions, with a reference to the King (the numerals being the line numbers):

1 you shall not do [it], but worship the [Lord]. 2 Judge the sla[ve] and the wid[ow] / Judge the orph[an] 3 [and] the stranger. [Pl]ead for the infant / plead for the po[or and] 4 the widow. Rehabilitate [the poor] at the hands of the king. 5 Protect the po[or and] the slave / [supp]ort the stranger.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    No Scholars will not have to redate the Old Testament. Liberals will have to revise their dates. I hesitate to call them scholars. However, The will prbably go on ignoing the evidences or calling it into question, they have become pretty good at doing that with the biggest piece of evidence they have, the Bible. I don’t see how a pottery shard should get in their way if the Bible hasn’t. I mean they wouldn’t be convinced if a man came back from the dead, if they won’t be convinced by Moses and the Prophets. And in fact, Jesus pretty much proved that statement of his true didnt’ he?

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    No Scholars will not have to redate the Old Testament. Liberals will have to revise their dates. I hesitate to call them scholars. However, The will prbably go on ignoing the evidences or calling it into question, they have become pretty good at doing that with the biggest piece of evidence they have, the Bible. I don’t see how a pottery shard should get in their way if the Bible hasn’t. I mean they wouldn’t be convinced if a man came back from the dead, if they won’t be convinced by Moses and the Prophets. And in fact, Jesus pretty much proved that statement of his true didnt’ he?

  • http://barrybishop.blogspot.com/ Barry D. Bishop

    @1
    Bror, you have hit the nail right on the head. “Scholars” have been shoving aside evidence that would support the Bible’s claims for years by using just-so arguments. Some will do so with this evidence as well.

  • http://barrybishop.blogspot.com/ Barry D. Bishop

    @1
    Bror, you have hit the nail right on the head. “Scholars” have been shoving aside evidence that would support the Bible’s claims for years by using just-so arguments. Some will do so with this evidence as well.


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