Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1210-1211 – The Khirbet Qeiyafa Ostracon (Seth Sanders & Chris Rollston)


Interest in the Khirbet Qeiyafa ostracon jumped this month with the release of a new reading by professor Gershon Galil of Haifa University. Galil says his translation confirms that the Kingdom of Israel existed in the 10th century B.C. (the time of King David), and that the Biblical scriptures were written centuries earlier than many modern scholars believe.

Christianity Today asked me to investigate the claims and do a short article (link posted as soon as it’s online). With the help of a friend who knows a little bit about the Hebrew language I was able to get hold of Seth Sanders, author of the new book The Invention of Hebrew. Seth referred me to another expert on Semitic languages of this period, Chris Rollston, of Emmanuel School of Religion in Johnson City TN.

Chris has posted some of his thoughts online. Both interviews of this series are now on my website. And here’s my article.

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