Sunday, July 22, 2007

MORE ON THE NEBO-SARSEKIM INSCRIPTION - Time Magazine has an article that ties it to the minimalist-maximalist debate:
A Boost for the Book of Jeremiah
Saturday, Jul. 21, 2007 By DAVID VAN BIEMA

By confirming the historical accuracy of a tiny detail, a two-inch clay tablet long in the possession of the British Museum has given ammunition to those who believe that the Bible — specifically, in this case, the book of the prophet Jeremiah — is history. That, at least, is what the believers are claiming.

This isolated instance of verification of a detail in the book of Jeremiah is very interesting, but we should be careful not to start drawing too grand of conclusions from it.

The article also has a nice enlargeable photo of the cuneiform tablet.