Israeli archaeologists find inscription of name from Bible

Israeli archaeologists find inscription of name from Bible
This undated photo released by the Israel Antiquities Authority, shows a 3.000 year old ceramic jar with inscription of a name mentioned in the Bible,"Eshbaal Ben Beda." Israel's antiquities authority says archaeologists have discovered a rare 3,000-year-old inscription of a name mentioned in the Bible. Eshbaal of the Bible was a son of King Saul. Archaeologists said Tuesday, June 16, 2015 it is the first time the name was discovered in an ancient inscription. It is one of only four inscriptions discovered from the biblical 10th century B.C. Kingdom of Judah, when King David is said to have reigned. (Tal Rogovski/Israel Antiquities Authority via AP)

Israel's antiquities authority says archaeologists have discovered a rare 3,000-year-old inscription of a name mentioned in the Bible.

The name "Eshbaal Ben Beda" appears on a large ceramic jar. Eshbaal of the Bible was a son of King Saul.

Archaeologists Yosef Garfinkel and Saar Ganor say the jar belonged to a different Eshbaal, likely the owner of an agricultural estate.

They said Tuesday it is the first time the name was discovered in an ancient inscription. It is one of only four inscriptions discovered from the biblical 10th century B.C. Kingdom of Judah, when King David is said to have reigned.

Archaeologists pieced together the inscription from pottery shards found at a 2012 excavation in the Valley of Elah in central Israel.


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Jun 16, 2015
Well, that's almost as important as finding a jar of pickles in the USA with the name "Jessie" on it and decide that it was named after a member of Team Rocket and that therefore Pokemon is true ;)

Jun 16, 2015
What science has told us

"archaeologist Ze'ev Herzog wrote in the Haaretz newspaper:

"This is what archaeologists have learned from their excavations in the Land of Israel: the Israelites were never in Egypt, did not wander in the desert, did not conquer the land in a military campaign and did not pass it on to the 12 tribes of Israel. Perhaps even harder to swallow is that the united monarchy of David and Solomon, which is described by the Bible as a regional power, was at most a small tribal kingdom. And it will come as an unpleasant shock to many that the God of Israel, YHWH, had a female consort and that the early Israelite religion adopted monotheism only in the waning period of the monarchy and not at Mount Sinai."

-Lame attempts such as the above are the only things religionists can offer in rebuttal. Sad fact is, most believers don't read past past these lies and don't know the science.

And even if they did they have been taught not to believe it.

Jun 16, 2015
Well, that's almost as important as finding a jar of pickles in the USA with the name "Jessie" on it and decide that it was named after a member of Team Rocket and that therefore Pokemon is true ;)

Lmao! I would give that post 100 stars if I could.. The old lady and I nearly died laughing.

Jun 16, 2015
Hardly. They specifically say that it is NOT the same person named in the Bible.

"Archaeologists Yosef Garfinkel and Saar Ganor say the jar belonged to a different Eshbaal, likely the owner of an agricultural estate."

All they're saying is that they've found evidence that the name really was used during the same period.

Its just a matter of time before the creationists come and read the title and first few sentences at best and start to gloat and claim its proof the bible is the word of god and their religious views. I think that was a preemptive stab at them.

Jun 16, 2015
Talk about taking a mildly interesting archaeological find and making a Red Dwarf episode out of it.

It's Jesus! It's Jesus!

Wait, was that a common name back then?

Jun 20, 2015
Too bad they didn't find it on a carpenter's cup. That would've made my day.

Professor Henry Jones: The Word of God.
Marcus Brody: No, Henry. Try not to talk.
Professor Henry Jones: The Name of God.
Indiana Jones: The Name of God... Jehovah.
Professor Henry Jones: But in the Latin alphabet, "Jehovah" begins with an "I".
Indiana Jones: J-...
[he steps on the "J" and almost falls to his death; he scrambles back up]
Indiana Jones: Oh, *idiot*! In Latin Jehovah begins with an "I"!

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