A researcher has found ancient inscriptions in Egypt that he claims are Hebrew transliterations of Egyptian hieroglyphics. These would constitute the world’s oldest alphabet–representations of sounds, not ideas or words as in Egyptian writing–and the predecessor of later Hebrew letters.
Moreover, this finding, if true, would prove that the ancient Hebrews were in Egypt around the time that Exodus says they were, something denied by many liberal Bible critics. The inscriptions, as translated, also give Hebrew names such as Joseph and Moses.
The findings are controversial, to say the least, but they rate a write-up in Science News. [Read more…]