In one of the most stunning archaeological discoveries in decades, a pottery shard with the earliest known Hebrew text has been found in an ancient city near the site where the biblical narrative says David slew Goliath. The 3,000-year old find predates the Dead Sea Scrolls by 1,000 years and may provide proof of the existence of the United Monarchy of the kingdoms of Judah and Israel under King David.
Prof. Yosef Garfinkel, the Yigal Yadin Professor of Archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is leading the excavations at the Elah Fortress site southwest of Jerusalem, the earliest known fortified city of the biblical period in Israel. I received this press release below directly from the Hebrew University. Please contact them for further information and photos of this electrifying new discovery.