Inscriptions

Inscriptions

The Natan-Melech/Eved Hamelech bulla

Aug 8

The Story of the Old Hebrew Script

By: Marek Dospěl

The scribes of King Hezekiah would surely get lost in modern Israel if they were to follow signs written in today’s Hebrew alphabet. Although they […]

The Jerubbaal inscription

Jul 15

Archaeological Evidence of Gideon the Judge?

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

Earlier this week, archaeologists officially announced the discovery of a 3,100-year-old inscription from the site of Khirbet al-Ra‘i, thought by some to be biblical Ziklag […]

tel-dan-stele

Jun 11

The Tel Dan Inscription: The First Historical Evidence of King David from the Bible

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Few modern Biblical archaeology discoveries have attracted as much attention as the Tel Dan inscription—writing on a ninth-century B.C. stone slab (or stela) that furnished the first historical evidence of King David from the Bible.

Lachish Sherd Early Inscription

Apr 20

Early Alphabetic Writing Found at Lachish

By: BAS Staff

A newly published inscription from Tel Lachish in southern Israel is the earliest alphabetic writing discovered in the southern Levant. The fragmentary inscription features a mere handful of letters inscribed on a tiny pottery sherd, measuring just 4 by 3.5 cm. The sherd is dated by radiocarbon to the 15th century B.C.E., or the first part of the Late Bronze Age.

Mar 5

Miniature Writing on Ancient Amulets

By: Robin Ngo

In 1979, archaeologist Gabriel Barkay discovered two miniature silver scrolls from a late Iron Age (seventh century B.C.E.) tomb in Ketef Hinnom outside of Jerusalem. When unrolled, the scrolls had tiny texts written on them—similar to the priestly blessing in Numbers 6:24–26.

hezekiah-bulla

Mar 3

King Hezekiah in the Bible: Royal Seal of Hezekiah Comes to Light

By: Robin Ngo

For the first time, the royal seal of King Hezekiah in the Bible has been found in an archaeological excavation.

Jewish Catacombs in Rome

Feb 25

Last Words

By: Marek Dospěl

Death is the great equalizer. You probably know the saying, and, yes, everyone dies one day, and nobody can live forever. But that’s where this […]

bulla

Jan 7

Lasting Impressions from Ancient Maresha 

By: Marek Dospěl

Archaeologists excavating the Hellenistic city of Maresha made a stunning discovery in 2018, when they stumbled upon what must have been an ancient archive. So […]

Jan 4

3,000-Year-Old Hebrew Inscription Discovered

By: Jonathan Laden

A Hebrew inscription on a jar unearthed at Tel Abel Beth Macaah may resolve a long-running dispute about the extent of Israelite territory in the […]

Ape Shenoute

Nov 2

Pray and Work like an Egyptian Monk

By: Marek Dospěl

“And together, all shall submit to the one who is in charge of them, with all submissiveness and all propriety, in what he directs them […]