Israel find could prove Old Testament's accuracy

5th Aug 2013

Israel holidaymakers on specialist tours to Jerusalem could be following in the footsteps of real-life biblical figures.

A new discovery suggests the reigns of King Solomon and King David actually happened.

The find could add to the fascination for tourists on city breaks to Jerusalem because it could make the Old Testament an historical account of real-life events.

A small piece of an ancient jug discovered last year in Israel has shed light on its biblical inhabitants.

Archaeologists were originally non-plussed by the 10th century BC "Ophel Inscription" on the pottery.

But biblical studies expert Dr Douglas Petrovich thinks the language is a primitive form of Hebrew.

This suggests the ancient Israelites were recording history as it happened much earlier than previously thought, as opposed to writing it down centuries later.

If Dr Petrovich's assertion is true, it could provide evidence of the Old Testament's accuracy.

When the inscription was first found, specialists thought it was an example of the language of the Canaanites, a biblical race who lived in what is now Israel.

Dr Petrovich believes, however, the enigmatic language is the original and oldest form of Hebrew.

This would put ancient Israelites in Jerusalem earlier than previously believed.

Dr Petrovich told "Hebrew speakers were controlling Jerusalem in the 10th century (BC), which biblical chronology points to as the time of David and Solomon."

But Tel Aviv University archaeologist Israel Finkelstein said romantic notions of the Bible shouldn't cloud scientific techniques.

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