This is a welcome piece of evidence. Hebraic writing is now confirmed as extant a minimum of four centuries earlier than previously known. Cultural evidence and the textual material certainly supported that much of the material had been written in the late Bronze Age. Much of it may well have not been written in Hebrew originally. Yet at some point, Hebraic alphabet was created by peoples living on this coast as a response to the simultaneous development among the Phoenicians. Recall that these peoples were in continuous contact and sharing family ties. The emergence of a useable script would immediately cause the collection of a local assemblage of disparate texts to be transcribed into the local script and language.
I suspect that this all happed prior to the events of 1159 BCE which caused a major local economic disruption that scattered societies to the winds. My reason for this is that there is no reporting of those events as a part of the textual content. If we take the contents as pre 1159 BCE we are pretty well off. We have the Philistines who are surely part of the copper trade and palace based imperium that established itself throughout the Mediterranean and was centered on Atlantis by
Gibraltar. We have already policed up the details in past posts. (Search this blog using ‘Atlantis’).
We now know Hebrew existed in the right time and place.
This also once again reminds us of an important consideration with archeological evidence. Lack of evidence is not evidence of lack. Too many scholars make this blunder. Any piece of archeological evidence is most likely to be drawn from those time periods in which the use of the evidence was optimized and says almost nothing of the actual development of the evidence which would be naturally scant and usually located elsewhere.
We presently have no evidence to support a long prehistory for the development of the alphabet. It may have been quite short. It could also have been thousands of years old but exclusively used as a sacred media, leaving the rest to use a less effective script. I actually suspect the later to be true. Again, we need to find a cave with buried texts on clay to figure all that out. It would be remarkable if the legends of buried metallic texts were actually proven true someday and turned out to be several thousands of years old.
I expect that the core texts of the bible were written no latter than the period between 1300 BCE and 1159 BCE. This is actually a fairly brief period of time. It allows the Hebrews to leave
, establish themselves and become allied to the Phoenicians and thus inspired to produce their own script and to produce the texts. Thereafter, the people became dug in and perhaps much more insular. I am presently happy with the chronology. Everyone is in the right place and time. I could almost write a creditable history. Egypt
When Was the Bible Really Written?
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