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SILVER SCROLLS ca. 625 B.C.
The   biggest   archaeological   discovery,   after   the   Dead   Sea   scrolls,   was   made   by   archaeologist   Gabriël   Barkay   in   the   year 1979   in   the   area   of   Jerusalem.   He   laid   open   an   old   cave   grave   in   Ketef   Hinnom,   dated   at   the   end   of   the   7th   century   B.C.   This time   period   is   before   the   destruction   of   Jerusalem   in   607   B.C.   The   chamber   of   the   grave   was   still   intact   and   they   found about   a   thousand   archaeological   objects,   under   which   were   two   curled   up   silver   amulets.   The   grave   chamber   belonged   to some   prominent   families   of   Jerusalem.   All   these   objects   made   it   possible   to   determine   the   age   of   the   cave   and   with   this   the age   of   the   little   scrolls.   In   the   middle   of   the   scrolls   was   a   small   opening,   which   made   it   possible   to   pass   a   thin   fiber   through   it – it is possible the amulets were worn around the neck or the wrist.
   
The   biggest   archaeological   discovery,   after   the   Dead   Sea   scrolls,   was   made   by   archaeologist   Gabriël   Barkay   in   the   year   1979   in   the area   of   Jerusalem.   He   laid   open   an   old   cave   grave   in   Ketef   Hinnom,   dated   at   the   end   of   the   7th   century   B.C.   This   time   period   is   before the   destruction   of   Jerusalem   in   607   B.C.   The   chamber   of   the   grave   was   still   intact   and   they   found   about   a   thousand   archaeological objects,   under   which   were   two   curled   up   silver   amulets.   The   grave   chamber   belonged   to   some   prominent   families   of   Jerusalem.   All these   objects   made   it   possible   to   determine   the   age   of   the   cave   and   with   this   the   age   of   the   little   scrolls.   In   the   middle   of   the   scrolls was   a   small   opening,   which   made   it   possible   to   pass   a   thin   fiber   through   it   –   it   is   possible   the   amulets   were   worn   around   the   neck   or the wrist. Jehovah bless thee, and keep thee: Jehovah make his face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: Jehovah lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. (American Standard Version) Also interesting is what is written in verse 27: And they shall put My name upon the children of Israel, and I will bless them. – 21th century King James Version IApparently some Jews took this text very literally!
Facsimile made by B. Bonte
Why is this discovery so important? In    the    first    place    because    it    is    the    earliest    quotation    of    the    Bible    ever    found,    even    400    years    before    the    Dead    Sea scrolls.Secondly,   the   divine   name   is   written   three   times   on   the   plate,   in   the   shape   of   JHWH,   in   very   ancient   Hebrew   writing. The original scrolls are now to be seen in the Israel Museum, in Jerusalem.