One of the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls that never has been understood turns out to be a 1,500-year-old copy of the beginning of the Book of Leviticus (VaYikra). Source: Printed from The Jewish Press » Blog Archive » Archaeologists Discover that Ancient Dead Sea Scroll Is Chapter of Leviticus I’m not sure how profound a find this is in terms of adding to the scholarship of the book of Leviticus, but it’s definitely cool. Since Leviticus is one of my favorite books I take great pleasure in reading more about it. EDIT: Here’s another article on the same topic: http://www.religionnews.com/2015/07/21/biblical-text-the-oldest-find-since-the-dead-sea-scrolls-revealed-in-digital-image-of-a-charred-scroll/
Found an interesting article that suggests oldest written quotes from the Bible can be found on a piece of pottery Carbon dated to c1000BC… I personally don’t put a lot of stock in carbon dating, but we should be able to validate this via other methods such a layer the pot was found in, material type, etc…. Here is link and short quote:
“By decoding the inscription on a 3,000-year-old piece of pottery, an Israeli professor has concluded that parts of the bible were written hundreds of years earlier than suspected.
The pottery shard was discovered at excavations at Khirbet Qeiyafa near the Elah valley in Israel — about 18 miles west of Jerusalem. Carbon-dating places it in the 10th century BC, making the shard about 1,000 years older than the Dead Sea scrolls.
Professor Gershon Galil of the University of Haifa deciphered the ancient writing, basing his interpretation on the use of verbs and content particular to the Hebrew language.
I don’t think I’ve laughed so hard in quite awhile. Michael Heiser has started up a new blog, well actually seven new blogs. Personally I’m in awe. I have trouble being a pastor and posting on one, and If Dr. Heiser can pull it off so much the better! Incidentally if you haven’t heard of or read the SuperUFOConspiraSciFiJudeoChristoReligious thriller The Façade. Than you should. I’m hoping to start and finish it next week, but the first chapter and my previews are promising.
Sorry, I’m babbling. Still dealing with the aftereffects of sleep deprivation I think. The reason I was laughing was from reading PaleoBabble, Michael pulls out a word which perfectly describes so much of the blather that passes for serious study – but isn’t. Are you ready for the word?
It has nothing to do with the raunchy pictures on ancient Greek urns. But has everything to do with the latest discovery and the bogus conclusions drawn by the supposed experts.
Welcome to the blogosphere Michael, I can’t wait for what’s next.