Today's new discovery
Evidence for 3 Biblical Matters
On April 16, 2021 Physics.org published an article titled:
“Oldest piece of writing ever found in Israel identified on ancient shard of pottery”.
by Bob Yirka , Phys.org Pictured here:
The Lachish Shard
Bible critics wrong again – Recent discovery is evidence the Israelites did have alphabetic writing at the time Moses was composing the first five books of the Bible.
Facts/Science Supporting This
The discovery in 2017 of a pottery fragment from a milk bowl with alphabetic writing on it has been identified as the “oldest piece of writing ever found in Israel.” It has been well-dated by C14 to approximately 1450 BC, the time period of the Exodus and the Israelites arrival in Canaan. This discovery was made by archeologists from the Austrian Archaeological Institute at a dig in the ancient Canaanite city of Lachish in Israel.
The shard was dated stratagraphically and by C14 to the Late Bronze Age 1 time period, of approximately 1450 BC. The script has been identified as alphabetic proto-Hebrew or Canaanite by Biblical Studies Professor Doug Petrovich and other Archaeologists and Paleographers. The three lines of writing on the shard translate as, “Servant in charge of honey.”
The date of this shard is significant to Biblical scholarship in that it is evidence that the Israelites did have alphabetic writing at the time of Moses. For years Bible critics such as those of the Wellhausen School of Higher Criticism have argued that the first five books of the Bible (the Pentateuch) could not have been written by Moses because he would have had only Egyptian Hieroglyphic script available for writing and that script was not capable of communicating the information contained in Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy; hence the conclusion that these books could not have been written by Moses.
This discovery of early alphabetic writing along with other recent discoveries of paleo-Hebrew writing in Egypt and Syria also supports the Biblical narrative that there was wide-spread literacy among the Israelites at the time of the Exodus as indicated in Deuteronomy 6:6-9, 17:18-20, 24:1-3 and in Judges 8:14.
Interesting additional wow! – Exodus 3:17 recounts, “And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites – a land flowing with milk and honey.” Here the Bible describes Israel as “a land flowing with milk and honey,” and the recently discovered oldest example of alphabetic script in Israel is on a fragment of a milk bowl addressed to “servant in charge of the honey.”
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The article titled “Oldest piece of writing ever found in Israel identified on ancient shard of pottery,” dated April 16, 2021 is found on Physics.org and/or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZ-wJ2hyw-s