Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Here Comes Ancient Israel

The Biblical Archaeology Society has published its January/February 2012 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review (Volume 38, Number 1) which contains this article:

When Did Ancient Israel Begin?”

The late-13th-century B.C.E. Merneptah Stele has long been known for containing the earliest reference to Israel outside of the Bible. But now three German scholars say they may have found another hieroglyphic inscription almost 200 years older naming “Israel.” The Bible may be more accurate than some thought.

That sounds quite interesting.

I wonder if Hamdan Taha, Director of the Palestinian Department of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage, reads the journal.