Friday, May 06, 2022

The Mount Ebal amulet again

THE BIG CLAIMS CONTINUE: The Ebal Amulet – the oldest Israelite text ever found. It was as if I had been finding, and putting together the pieces of a large, difficult jigsaw puzzle – pieces that came from ancient history, archaeology, geography and biblical textual analysis (ZVI KOENIGSBERG, Jerusalem Post).

I note this article for completeness' sake, not because it says anything new. Indeed, it does not acknowledge the genuine concerns that specialists have raised about some of the claims repeated in it.

The amulet may be an important discovery. But until the discoverers publish it in a peer-review publication with good photographs, the scholarly conversation has not yet begun. Only then can we see what we really have and how important it is.

Background here and links.

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