Love of the Land

For the week ending 13 February 2010 / 28 Shevat 5770

Elah Valley An Archeological Treasure

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
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A pottery shard discovered at archeological excavations at a site near the Elah Valley is believed to date back to the reign of King David.

A mysterious inscription written in ink on a 15 centimeter by 16.5-centimeter pottery shard is believed by Prof. Gershon Galil of the Department of Biblical Studies at Haifa University to be Hebrew lettering written some three millennia ago.

The deciphering of the ancient script was based on its use of verbs particular to the Hebrew language. The deciphered text seems to be a social statement relating to the treatment of widows, orphans and slaves.

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