Discussion about the Hebrew Bible, Septuagint, pseudepigrapha, Philo, Josephus, Talmud, Dead Sea Scrolls, archaeology, etc.
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Thanks for the link Stephen.
In 1979, two tiny silver scrolls, inscribed with portions of the well-known Priestly Blessing from the Book of Numbers and apparently once used as amulets, were found in one of the burial chambers.
The magical nature suggests something like a Persian influence, but most scholars accept the first temple origin. On the other hand, "the Priestly Blessing from the book of Numbers" is easy to misunderstand. It is certainly similar to the Priestly Blessing but it seems unlikely that the person who inscribed the amulets was copying it from there.Apotropaic nature of the amulets
Jeremy Smoak has argued that the combination of the terms "guard" and "protect" is typical of apotropaic amulets and find parallels among Phoenician and Punic amulets from the Iron Age. He finds reflection of the custom of making such apotropaic amulets in Psalm 12:7–9:
"The utterance of YHWH are pure utterances, silver refined in a furnace in the earth, purified seven times. You O YHWH, will guard them; you will protect him from this generation forever. On every side the wicked prowl, a vileness is exalted among humankind."