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A piece of writing, roughly 3,100-years old, containing the name of a figure mentioned as one of the judges in the Old Testament, has been discovered. According to an article published in the Jersalem Journal of Archaeology, five letters that appear to represent the name “Jerubbaal” were found on a piece of pottery discovered in Southern Israel among other finds dating somewhere between the 11th and 12th centuries B.C. Researchers said the pot was unearthed at Khirbet er-Ra‘i, near Kiryat Gat in the Southern District of Israel. The chronological framework for this figure is the period of the Judges, and so a time frame for him in the twelfth or eleventh century BCE (the date of the inscription) is entirely plausible.”
However, the announcement of the find noted that although the pottery bears the name of a Biblical figure, archeologists cannot go any further. The name of the Judge, Gideon ben Yoash, was Jerubbaal, but archaeologists are not certain if he owned the vessel on which the inscription is written in ink. The name Jerubbaal is familiar from biblical tradition in the Book of Judges as an alternative name for the judge Gideon ben Yoash, Professor Yossef Garfinkel and archeologist Sa‘ar Ganor from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, who co-directed the excavations, said in a joint statement. The statement noted that Inscriptions from the period of the Judges are extremely rare and almost unparalleled in Israeli archaeology. Only a handful of inscriptions found in the past bear a number of unrelated letters.
This is the first time that the name Jerubbaal has ever been found outside the Bible in an archaeological context, in a stratum dated to around 1,100 BCE, the period of the Judges. The archeologists noted that Gideon was a significant Biblical figure. He is first mentioned as combating idolatry by breaking the altar to Baal and cutting down the Asherah pole. In Biblical tradition, he is remembered as triumphing over the Midianites, who used to cross over the Jordan to plunder agricultural crops. According to the Bible in Judges Chapter 7, Gideon organized a small army of 300 soldiers and attacked the Midianites by night. Garfinkel said the settlement they uncovered appeared to have reached its apex at the time of the Judges. It is also important to note that the name Ishbaal, which is only mentioned in the Bible during the monarchy of King David, has been found in strata dated to that particular period also.
The fact that identical names mentioned in the Bible are also found in inscriptions recovered from archaeological excavations, shows that memories were preserved and passed down through the generations. But most important is the fact that these discoveries also serve to confirm the truth of the Bible. The Bible is not just another book, rather it is the Book of truth – the only book that ultimately matters. Let us value the Word of God for what it’s worth. Amen!
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