Friday, September 03, 2021

A fraudulent weight from First-Temple Jerusalem?

ARTIFACT: Rare First Temple Era Fraudulent Weight Uncovered in Ancient Jerusalem (Aryeh Savir, Tazpit News Agency/trans. The Jewish Press).
Israeli archeologists digging in the City of David in Jerusalem’s Old City came upon an extremely rare finding from the days of the First Temple – a biblical weight called a gerah that was probably used by a cheater.

Although inscribed as weighing two gerah it weighs three times as much, evidence of possible fraudulent trading dating around the time period of 589 BCE.


This is a genuine ancient artifact, but it appears to have been used for fraudulent purposes.

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