First Evidence of a Biblical Judge Uncovered in Excavation

Reported by Tony Davenport | vision.org.au
Tuesday, September 14th, 2021

Israeli archaeologists have uncovered an extremely rare 3,000 year old inscription, that could be linked to the biblical judge Gideon.

They found a pottery vessel from a storage pit dating back to 1100 BC in the Judean foothills.

The Times of Israel reports the small jug had an inscription of the name ‘Jerubbaal’.

This was the same name given to Gideon, whose story is found in Judges 6, 7, and 8.

The find could be the first hard evidence of an artifact with a name connected to the biblical judges.

However, it was a common name at the time.

Professor Christopher Rollston from George Washington University deciphered the text.

He’s convinced the ‘Jerubbaal’ inscription is the most logical and reasonable reading, and he considered it quite definitive.

 

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