Digging For The Bible: 10 Key Discoveries From The Holy Land

In this article, the key leading biblical archaeologist Aren Maeir lists ten amazing discoveries from Israel. He also includes how they relate to Biblical text in the Old Testament.

The Temple Scroll, from the Dead Sea Scrolls found at Qumran, scroll number 11Q20, late 1st century BC – early 1st century AD, ink on parchment, Israel Museum, Jerusalem. (Photo by VCG Wilson/Corbis via Getty Images)

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The biblical text as we know it today is a complex set of documents composed, collated and edited over a long period of time. Of particular importance are the earliest examples of biblical texts, whether fragmentary or more complete, which enable the reconstruction of the formation of these documents.

The two most important groups of biblical texts are the Ketef Hinnom amulets and the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Ketef Hinnom amulets were discovered in a late Iron Age tomb to the west of the Old City of Jerusalem, and most scholars date them to the early sixth century BC (although some have suggested later datings). These two amulets, written on small silver plaques, have on them texts that are very similar to several biblical passages.

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Source: Digging For The Bible: 10 Key Discoveries From The Holy Land | BBC History Magazine

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