#1 Bible Possibly Written Centuries Earlier, Text Suggests01-17-2010, 02:44 PM
Scientists have discovered the earliest known Hebrew writing - an inscription dating from the 10th century B.C., during the period of King David's reign.
The breakthrough could mean that portions of the Bible were written centuries earlier than previously thought. (The Bible's Old Testament is thought to have been first written down in an ancient form of Hebrew.)
Until now, many scholars have held that the Hebrew Bible originated in the 6th century B.C., because Hebrew writing was thought to stretch back no further. But the newly deciphered Hebrew text is about four centuries older, scientists announced this month.
"It indicates that the Kingdom of Israel already existed in the 10th century BCE and that at least some of the biblical texts were written hundreds of years before the dates presented in current research," said Gershon Galil, a professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Haifa in Israel, who deciphered the ancient text.
BCE stands for "before common era," and is equivalent to B.C., or before Christ.
The writing was discovered more than a year ago on a pottery shard dug up during excavations at Khirbet Qeiyafa, near Israel's Elah valley. The excavations were carried out by archaeologist Yosef Garfinkel of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. At first, scientists could not tell if the writing was Hebrew or some other local language.
Finally, Galil was able to decipher the text. He identified words particular to the Hebrew language and content specific to Hebrew culture to prove that the writing was, in fact, Hebrew.
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01-17-2010, 03:55 PM
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Interesting how much of the OT deals with the poor and the stranger and the widow, etc.Hey careful man! There's a beverage here!
01-17-2010, 05:41 PM
As an atheist, I prefer history, so I do my best to avoid religous threads. But FWIW, the Torah was written about 1800 BC.
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01-17-2010, 09:34 PM
I've got one book (still not sure if I agree with it or not) that puts forth a theory that Genesis was a collection of books actually written by Adam and the other people of the time and passed down over the centuries to Moses, who collected them into Genesis. Haven't read it for a while to give more details, and it is a stretch, but an interesting theory nevertheless.Romans 6:18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
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01-17-2010, 10:19 PM
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Exodus 21:15-17 (Hit your parents, kidnap someone, or even swear at your parents, and you must die)
''Anyone who attacks his father or his mother must be put to death. Anyone who kidnaps another and either sells him or still has him when he is caught must be put to death. Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.''
Exodus 21:23-25 (Basic revenge mentality outlined)
''But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise''
Exodus 22:18-20 (The death penalty for bestiality (which should be treated through counselling rather than death), and the victimless crimes of sorcery and worshipping other gods)
''Do not allow a sorceress to live. Anyone who has sexual relations with an animal must be put to death. Whoever sacrifices to any god other than the LORD must be destroyed.''
Exodus 31:15 (Commit the victimless crime of working on Sunday and you must die)
''For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day must be put to death.''
Leviticus 20:9 (And people wonder why parents were such harsh disciplinarians back in the puritan "Good Old Days" of strong religion).
''If anyone curses his father or mother, he must be put to death.''
Leviticus 20:10 (Kill all adulterers. It's bad to cheat on your spouse, but is it really so bad that it deserves the death penalty?)
''If a man commits adultery with another man's wife--with the wife of his neighbor--both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death.''
Leviticus 20:27 (I'm not a big fan of those tarot-card readers and psychic hot-lines myself, but the death penalty is a bit severe, don't you think?)
''A man or woman who is a medium or spiritist among you must be put to death.''
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