2,700-year-old Hebrew inscription found in Jerusalem

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Aug 19, 2013 10:03:38 AM

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2,700 year-old Hebrew Inscription found in Jerusalem. First Temple-era pottery fragment features name similar to Biblical prophets father, archaeologists say. The fragment, discovered just outside the capital's Old ...City at The City of David site, in what is now the Arab village of Silwan, was likely a part of a large ceramic bowl dating from between the 8th and 7th centuries BCE, the Israeli Antiquities Authority said Sunday.

The text fragment on the shard, roughly transliterated without vowels into English characters as “ryhu bn bnh,” is similar to the name of Zechariah son of Benaiah, the father of the prophet Jahaziel, whose name appears in 2 Chronicles 20:14 when Jahaziel spoke prophecy to King Jehoshaphat before the king went off to war.

“While not complete, the inscription presents us with the name of a seventh century BCE figure, which resembles other names known to us from both the Biblical and archaeological record… and provides us with a connection to the people living in Jerusalem at the end of the First Temple period,” the statement said.

The City of David, while today located outside the southern walls of the Old City, is understood by archaeologists to be the site of the ancient city of Jerusalem mentioned in the Bible.

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