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The Amulet Scroll

Amulet Scroll 1The Amulet Scroll Part 1

"The site (where the amulets were found ) consists of a series of rock-hewn burial chambers based on natural caverns. In 1979 two tiny silver scrolls, inscribed with portions of the well-known apotropaic Priestly Blessing from the Book of Numbers and apparently once used as amulets, were found in one of the burial chambers. The delicate process of unrolling the scrolls while developing a method that would prevent them from disintegrating took three years. They contain what may be the oldest surviving texts from the Hebrew Bible, dating from around 600 BC."


Amulet Scroll

The Amulet Scroll


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10. [sna]re and more than Evil.

1. ...] YHW ...

11. For redemption is in him.

2. [...]

12. For YHWH

3. the grea[t ... who keeps]

13. is our restorer [and]

4. the covenant and

14. rock. May YHWH bles[s]

5. [G]raciousness towards those who love [him] and (alt: [hi]m;)

15. you and

6. those who keep [his commandments ...

16. [may he] keep you.

7. ...].

17. [May] YHWH make

8.the Eternal? [...].

18. [his face] shine ...

9. [the?] blessing more than any

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"In 1979 two tiny silver amulets, inscribed with ancient Hebrew script, were found rolled into tiny scrolls in a burial cave in Jerusalem. They were incised with a sharp, thin stylus, no thicker than a hair’s breadth, and thus deciphering the inscription was difficult. The lower part of the inscription has been identified as a version of Numbers 6:24–26

These two silver amulets bear the oldest copies of biblical text known to us today. They contain the oldest surviving texts from the Hebrew Bible, dating from around 600 BCE.

The scrolls were found in 1979 in Chamber 25 of Cave 24 at Ketef Hinnom (i.e. the shoulder of Hinnom), during excavations conducted by a team under the supervision of Gabriel Barkay, who was then professor of archaeology at Tel Aviv University."For the reference click here.


X mark spot  Amulet Scroll  discovered

X mark the spot where the Amulet Scroll was discovered


The Amulet Scroll Part 2

In 1979 Israeli archaeologist Gabriel Barkay, working with a group of students from the Institute of Holy Land Studies (now Jerusalem University College), excavated several tombs in Jerusalem on the "Shoulder of Hinnom," on the southwestern slope of the Hinnom Valley adjacent to the Scottish Presbyterian Church of St. Andrew. In one burial cave a repository for grave goods was found, containing approximately 700 items, including burial gifts of pottery vessels, over 100 pieces of silver jewelry, arrowheads, bone and ivory artifacts, alabaster vessels, 150 beads and a rare, early coin. Among the silver items was a rolled-up amulet bearing the tetragrammaton, the name of God (the consonantal letters yod, he, waw, he), YHWH.

The tomb dates to the end of the Davidic dynasty, approximately the seventh century BC. The silver amulet thus dates to the end of the seventh or early sixth century. The prayer-like inscription containing the divine name provides the oldest extra-biblical evidence for the name of God thus far archaeologically recovered in Jerusalem. The scripture passage on the amulet is from the Aaronic or priestly blessing found in Num 6:24-25. The owner apparently wore the inscribed, rolled-up silver amulet during his/her lifetime, and people felt it appropriate that such objects should accompany the owner in death as in life.

Of secondary interest is the fact that the evidence from the Shoulder of Hinnom tombs indicates a population in the Jerusalem area in the aftermath of the Babylonian destruction of the city. The evidence also indicates a certain level of wealth on the part of those buried in the tombs. For the reference click here


Oldest Copy Of The BIBLE PROOF - Ketef Hinnom Israel - 7th Century BC Archaeology