Archaeologists find 3,200-year-old 'cursed tablet' that features earliest ... trends now

Archaeologists find 3,200-year-old 'cursed tablet' that features earliest ... trends now
Archaeologists find 3,200-year-old 'cursed tablet' that features earliest ... trends now

Archaeologists find 3,200-year-old 'cursed tablet' that features earliest ... trends now

An ancient postage stamp-sized tablet could bear the earliest inscription of the Hebrew name for God: Yahweh.

International archaeologists believe the small folded sheet of lead found in the West Bank was created at least 3,200 years ago and features text calling on God to curse anyone who breaks their word.

If confirmed by future research, the discovery would make it nearly 2,000 years older than the previous find - The Mesha Stele slab, which dates back to 840 BC.

The team translated the 48 letters to read: 'Cursed, cursed, cursed — cursed by Yahweh.'

The tablet was found at the Biblical Mount Elba, said to be in the Promised Land, and could feature writing older than any known Hebrew inscription from ancient Israel. 

An ancient postage stamp-sized tablet could bear the earliest inscription of the Hebrew name of God

An ancient postage stamp-sized tablet could bear the earliest inscription of the Hebrew name of God

The small artifact was discovered during excavations on Mount Ebal, named in the Bible as part of the Israelite's escape from ancient Egypt.

Scripture states that Moses was to build an altar on the mountain after delivering the Israelites from slavery, but due to his rebellion, he was banned from entering the Promised Land.

Moses's successor, Joshua, is said to have built the altar on Ebal that renewed the Covenant - and archeologist Adam Zertal uncovered it more than 17 years ago.

The altar is made of stones stacked on each other, located toward the peak. 

A team recently returned to the site in the mountains of Samaria, located about 31 miles north of Jerusalem, to continue Zertal's work. 

Scott Stripling, director of the Archaeological Studies Institute at The Bible Seminary in Texas, said: 'These types of curse tablets are well known in the Hellenistic and Roman periods, but Zertal's excavated pottery dated to the Iron Age I and Late Bronze Age, so logically the tablet derived from one of these earlier periods. Even so, our discovery of a Late Bronze Age inscription stunned me.'

The tablet was found at the Biblical Mount Elba, said to be in the Promised Land, and could feature writing older than any known Hebrew inscription from ancient Israel

The tablet was found at the Biblical Mount Elba, said to be in the Promised Land, and could feature writing older than any known Hebrew inscription from ancient Israel

The team has translated the 48 letters to read: 'Cursed, cursed, cursed — cursed by Yahweh.'

The team has translated the 48 letters to read: 'Cursed, cursed,

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