'It indicates that the kingdom of Israel already existed in the 10th century BCE, and that at least some of the biblical texts were written hundreds
of years before the dates presented in current research.'
So it would seem new archeological findings seem to indicate that some verses of the bible and the Kingdom of Israel itself is older then previously
thought. These writings are also the oldest bit of Hebrew text ever found.
"The inscription itself, which was written in ink on a 15 cm X 16.5 cm trapezoid pottery shard, was discovered a year and a half ago at excavations
that were carried out by Prof. Yosef Garfinkel at Khirbet Qeiyafa near the Elah valley. The inscription was dated back to the 10th century BCE, which
was the period of King David's reign, but the question of the language used in this inscription remained unanswered, making it impossible to prove
whether it was in fact Hebrew or another local language."
The inscription testifies to the presence of strangers within the Israeli society as far back as this ancient period, and calls to provide support for
The text talks of helpless "strangers" in the Israeli Kingdom, and calls to help them. Just who were these strangers and why were they so
noteworthy, I mean there is no mention whenever other refugees entered lands at that time. Although not much is told on them specifically I think from
the text it would seem they were not of the same religion and didn't know of God as they felt the need to Introduce them to their religion.
Now there were many Civilizations at that time, however the Kingdom of Israel was fairly big and the fact that these "strangers" were even mentioned
would indicate there was a fairly bigger number of them then simply the usual. So I was just wondering what tribe or civilization could it have been
that never heard of the Judaic Religion?
The main civilizations at the time that would have been far enough to not hear of the Kingdom of Israel and their religion yet close enough to make
the journey are scarce. The civilizations that fell in that time leaving their people homeless are fewer still, though far more likely to be exiles
rather then a fallen nation it still leaves room for speculation in my mind.
It reminded me of a verse: "And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and the strangers with them out of Ephraim and Manasseh, and out of Simeon: for
they fell to him out of Israel in abundance, when they saw that the LORD his God was with him."
But in any case the deciphering of these texts show similarities to what would later become Isaiah 1:17, Psalms 72:3, Exodus 23:3, and others, and
shows that Israeli Kingdom was already well established in 10BC contrary to first thought.
[edit on 19-1-2010 by Occy Anonymous]