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Archaeologists report finding oldest Hebrew text

Archaeologists report finding oldest Hebrew text
history, religion, archaeology

October 30, 2008, by Ari Rabinovitch

Archaeologists in Israel said on Thursday they had unearthed the oldest Hebrew text ever found, while excavating a fortress city overlooking a valley where the Bible says David slew Goliath.

Experts have not yet been able to decipher fully the five lines of text written in black ink on a shard of pottery dug up at a five-acre (two-hectare) archaeological site called Elah Fortress, or Khirbet Qeiyafa.

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Filed under: archaeology, history, religion

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