Discovery could prove Bible tales

2nd Aug 2013

A piece of ancient pottery found in modern Israel last year could prove that the reigns of King Solomon and King David actually occurred.

The bizarre language inscribed on the 10th century BC 'Ophel Inscription' initially baffled scientists, but now some believe it is a primitive form of Hebrew. If so, it suggests the ancient Israelites were accurately recording history much earlier than previously thought.

Leading expert Dr Douglas Petrovich is convinced that the mysterious language is the original and oldest form of Hebrew.

"Hebrew speakers were controlling Jerusalem in the 10th century [BC], which biblical chronology points to as the time of David and Solomon," he said. "Whoever they were, they were writing in Hebrew like they owned the place."

If correct, it could provide evidence that the ancient Israelites were writing their history as things happened as opposed to writing it down hundreds of years later - making the Old Testament an historical account of real-life events.

Dr Petrovich's claims are already stirring up controversy in the archaeological community. Israel is a popular destination with holidaymakers, and this latest discovery is sure to spark more interest among tourists.

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