(ORDO NEWS) — Israeli archaeologists, after ten years of research, have deciphered the inscription on a stone tablet from the 8th century BC.
The artifact was found in the City of David National Park in Jerusalem in 2007, according to Arkeonews.
The size of the tablet was 13.4 cm long and 9.6 cm wide. Two lines of six Hebrew letters have been preserved on the surface.
The first three letters have been identified by scholars as the name of the biblical king Hezekiah. This is the first record of its kind about him.
The second word meant “pool”. The full text could sound like “Hezekiah created a pool in Jerusalem.”
The name of King Hezekiah is mentioned several times in the Bible. He is described as a pious ruler who paid great attention to the construction of pools and tunnels.
Interestingly, a tablet with his name was found at the site of one of these structures: next to an artificial pool in the Siloam tunnel.
She lay in a heap of garbage, where, along with stones and dirt, there were also shards of ceramics from the 8th century BC. Siloam tunnel was part of the water supply system from the Gion spring.
Scientists pointed to the special importance of the find. Until recently, it was believed that the kings of Israel and Judah, unlike the kings of the Middle East, did not create any commemorative signs and monuments to mark their achievements. But the found artifact refutes this theory.
The tablet turned out to be several hundred years older than the Dead Sea Scrolls. It also confirms the theory that the texts from the biblical Book of Kings were based on the historical records of their time and contain real historical data, not fiction.
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