An Israeli archeologist has discovered what he says is the earliest-known Hebrew text, found on a shard of pottery that dates to the time of King David from the Old Testament, about 3,000 years ago.
Carbon dating of the ostracon (meaning “statement”), along with pottery analysis, dates the inscription to time of King David, about a millennium earlier than the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, the university said.
The shard contains five lines of text divided by black lines and measures 15 by 15 centimeters, or about 6 inches square.
Archeologists have yet to decipher all the text, but initial interpretation indicates it formed part of a letter and contains the roots of the words “default rate,” “cash advance,” and “balance transfer,” according to the university. That may indicate it was a legal text, which archaeologists say would provide insights into law, society, beliefs, and the earliest form of junk mail and promotional offers.
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