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  12/31/2013, Tevet 28, 5774

Earliest Jerusalem-Area Hebrew Inscription Deciphered


Professor Gershon Galil of the Bible and Israel History Department at the University of Haifa has suggested the deciphering of the most ancient Hebrew inscription found at the Hebrew University Archaeology Institute's Ophel excavations in Jerusalem.

Galil says the inscription indicates the existence of a manager who collected taxes, recruited laborers and saw to their needs during the second half of the tenth century BCE, apparently during the reign of King Solomon. The inscription also attests to his writing ability.