Thursday, November 06, 2008

The New Khirbet Qeiyafa Inscription

Here's a link to the BBC report on the Khirbet Qeiyafa Ostracon: click here. It will be nice to get a better image than the photo above, so that we can actually see the inscription. Right now, it appears that the script comes from the time of David, and that it may be Israelite, the oldest Israelite inscription yet found. The latter point is argued by the lead archaeologist at the site, Yosef Garfinkel, but many scholars are in a wait-and-see mode. Amihai Mazar has called the inscription the "longest proto-Canaanite text ever found." The site is located about 12 miles south-west of Jerusalem.


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