"early Hebrew inscription from Mt. Ebal" claimed

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"early Hebrew inscription from Mt. Ebal" claimed

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“You are Cursed by the God YHW:” an early Hebrew inscription from Mt. Ebal
Scott Stripling, Gershon Galil, Ivana Kumpova, Jaroslav Valach, Pieter Gert van der Veen & Daniel Vavrik

Heritage Science volume 11, Article number: 105 (2023)

Abstract
In December 2019, an expedition on Mt. Ebal to examine the discarded material from Adam Zertal’s 1982–1989 excavation yielded a small, folded lead tablet. The east dump pile, from which the object emerged, contained the discarded matrix from two structures that he interpreted as altars dated to the Late Bronze Age II and Iron Age I. The earlier and smaller round altar lay underneath the geometric center of the later and larger rectangular altar. The tablet could not be opened without damaging it. A team of scientists performed X-ray tomographic measurements with different scanning parameters. The tomographically reconstructed data were subjected to advanced processing to reveal the hidden text. Epigraphic analysis of the tomographic data revealed a formulaic curse written in a proto-alphabetic script likely dating to Late Bronze Age II. The inscription falls within the literary genre of Chiastic Parallelism and predates any previously known Hebrew inscription in Israel by at least 200 years.

https://heritagesciencejournal.springer ... 23-00920-9

Added note: I am mentioning this new article, not necessarily endorsing it.
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Re: Date

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Between 1400-1200 BC.

My roommate brought me back the Green Stone of Eilat, two months ago.
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billd89 wrote: Sat May 13, 2023 7:31 pm Between 1400-1200 BC.

My roommate brought me back the Green Stone of Eilat, two months ago.
Not sure what the Green Stone of Eilat is, but if you are interested in the metallurgic theory referred to in that Haaretz article, here is the academia.edu page for Nissim Amzallag where a number of his essays are available.
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Re: "early Hebrew inscription from Mt. Ebal" claimed

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Doubts about this claimed inscription and/or interpretation here (among other places):

https://www.timesofisrael.com/academic- ... y-experts/
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StephenGoranson wrote: Sun May 14, 2023 12:10 pm Doubts about this claimed inscription and/or interpretation here (among other places):

https://www.timesofisrael.com/academic- ... y-experts/
Gershon Galil believes he's found another curse inscription from Jerusalem:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/3500-year ... professor/

He also says that there is a lot more of the Siloam Tunnel inscription remaining on the wall after the famous bit was removed and a that there are number of other inscriptions down there, all very worn, but still legible... to him:

https://claudemariottini.com/2023/01/12 ... ah-part-1/
https://claudemariottini.com/2023/01/13 ... ah-part-2/

Weirdly, he also says that the famous Siloam Tunnel inscription itself, now in Turkey, has two additional lines that no-one but he has noticed - they are supposed to be below the six we all know about:
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I can't see anything at all but random scratches below the six obvious lines - so this one strikes me as, frankly, delusional and I'm not sure the others will be found to be more substantial. Many other scholars have looked at all these supposed inscriptions and believe he's simply seeing things... You, know, like a Rorschach Test, or the "Virgin Mary in a piece of toast" phenomenon.
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"Curse Tablet" = Fishing Weight

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Maeir, A. M., and Rollston, C. 2023. The So-Called Mount Ebal Curse Tablet: A Critical Response to Stripling et al. Israel Exploration Journal 73(2): 132–42.

https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21A ... th&o=OneUp

ABSTRACT: Stripling et al. (2023) published a lead object they believe was
inscribed with a Late Bronze Age Hebrew curse, supposedly the earliest known
Old Hebrew inscription. If true, this would be a sensational archaeological find.
However, serious methodological and factual problems undermine their claims.
We contend that their tomographic images fail to demonstrate any discernible
letters and have concerns about the authors’ dating of the archaeological
material from this site. Here, we critically examine their claims, suggesting
that most conclusions lack an empirical basis. Ultimately, this artifact is most
reasonably understood as an uninscribed lead fishing-net weight

Also, in the same issue:

Mazar, A. 2023. The Lead Object from Mount Ebal as a Fishing-Net Sinker. Israel Exploration Journal 73(2): 143–52.
Yahalom-Mack, N. 2023. The Source of the Lead of the Mount Ebal “Tablet”. Israel Exploration Journal 73(2): 153–59.
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