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    House of God Ostracon:- This Ostracon (writing on pottery) was discovered in Arad, an ancient Judean administrative center. Written in ancient Hebrew script dated to the early 6th century BCE, it is presumed to be one of the earliest epigraphic references to the Temple in Jerusalem.A portion of the inscription reads: "To my lord Elyashib,may the Lord seek your welfare and as to the matter which you command me it is well,he is in the House of God"

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Some of these writings are man’s way of creating answers to questions which every person holds within their minds. Namely questioning why they exist, and what their purpose is, and how they came to be, and what is to become of them at the time of their passing. These things have long been desired to know. (z2 of 12)

Dancer Horvat Qitmit Iron Age II, late 7th - early 6th century BCE Pottery H: 17.5 cm Israel Antiquities Authority

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The ancient texts known as the Dead Sea Scrolls are considered one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century, yet to this day they remain shrouded in mystery and controversy. The 2,000-year-old collection of writings, which includes the earliest surviving pieces of the Bible such as the Book of Isaiah, shown here, was discovered in 1947 by a Bedouin shepherd in a cave above the ancient settlement of Qumran.

An Ancient Tablet discovered - In Jerusalem a tablet, three-foot-tall with 87 lines written in Hebrew is believed by scholars to date back to decades just before the Yeshua’s (Jesus’s) birth. It is causing quite a stir worldwide, it speaks about a messiah who will rise from the dead after three days. The tablet was found near the Dead Sea on the Jordanian side and it is a rare finding of a stone with ink writings from that time era. Some describe it as a type of Dead Sea Scroll written on stone.

A particularly interesting artifact from the Solomon Temple reign of King Uzziah of Judah, c. 750 BC, is a small ivory pomegranate - vase shaped with a long neck and petals. Around its shoulder, in an early Hebrew script, is inscribed "Sacred donation for the priests of the House of the Lord ". Like the Temple Ostracon and the David Tablet, this item is also held at the Israel Museum.

Perhaps the Oldest European Alphabet Circa 800 BCE. A writing tablet in Greek/Phoenician dating from this time may be the oldest European alphabet, the oldest writing tablet extant, and part of the world's oldest book in codex form. The other old writing tablets are 2 from Nimrod [Nimrud], one ivory, the other walnut wood, dated 707 - 705 BC., in addition to a 8th c. BC Neo-Hittite wood tablet.

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On Oct. 23, 2012, the Basel Museum of Ancient Art will open an exhibit on this "Atlantis in the Desert." "Petra - Miracle in the Desert" will showcase some 150 artifacts from the city and run until March 17, 2013. Here, one of the few pieces of Nabataean writing to survive.

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