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Archaeologists find the earliest reference to Yahweh

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The discovery of a small lead amulet on Mt Ebal, the Biblical mount of cursing (Deuteronomy 27:4-5), reveals that Biblical books are much older than previously thought. I had previously written an article on this discovery.

But what is catching everyone’s attention (and what I failed to emphasize in my previous article), is that the curse written on the amulet included the name of the Biblical God: Yahweh.

“Cursed, cursed, cursed – cursed by the God Yahweh. You will die cursed. Cursed you will surely die. Cursed by Yahweh – cursed, cursed, cursed.”

The inscription that was probably written by one of Israel’s religious leaders contains the oldest reference to Yahweh found through archaeology. This discovery pushes back the date of the writing of the Old Testament Pentateuch (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, and Numbers.)

Premier Christian News explains:

It’s believed the message was inscribed in 1,500 BC, making it 200 years older than any other Hebrew text in existence, and 1,350 years older than the Dead Sea scrolls.

The discovery is being seen as a blow for those who attempt to disprove the Bible, by suggesting Hebrew scribes would have been unable to write the Bible at such an early date. […]

Dr Stripling said: “We now have the name ‘Yahweh’, the biblical God of Israel, in an inscription dating from (Late Bronze Era II), which is earlier than many skeptics would argue that the Bible existed or that there was even the ability to write down a sacred text.” 

READ: Newly-discovered Hebrew tablet could prove Bible is older than initially believed

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