Pottery Shard May Vindicate Bible: Scholar
Ancient 'Ophel inscription' could prove the story of King Solomon
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2014 6:30 PM CST
The Ophel inscription.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – An ancient pottery shard seems to support the Biblical story of King Solomon and shows he was running a pretty complex operation 3,000 years ago—at least according to one Israeli scholar. "We are dealing here with real kings, and the kingdom of David and Solomon was a real fact," Gershon Galil tells Fox News. He bases this on the "Ophel inscription," the oldest alphabetical writing ever found in Israel. Galil translates the 8 letters on a clay-jug fragment as yah-yin chah-lak, or "inferior wine." This, he says, was the cheap stuff given to laborers who built the young city of Jerusalem.

Galil says this indicates an advanced bureaucratic system that could label wine, note where it came from, store it, and so on, reports the Archaeology News Network. Galil dates the shard to the middle of the 10th century BCE, which places the Jews in Jerusalem earlier than scholars have believed, to a time when the Bible says King Solomon ruled. Galil takes this as proof that Solomon ordered the building of the First Temple. Others have said Judean King Hezekiah had it built in Solomon's name, a notion Galil dismisses. "If Obama were to achieve something, he would not claim that Bush did it," he said. "It's not in human nature!" But scholars are still debating the meaning of the inscription, Fox News notes.

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Mar 13, 2014 9:50 PM CDT
Oh you can bet if obama built something and it wasn't popular- he would blame Bush!
Jan 28, 2014 7:17 PM CST
But I heard they have also found 2 wine cask one labeled Ripple & the other labeled Night train in ancient Egyptian!
Jan 28, 2014 1:11 PM CST
"We had a little theft problem. One day my brother-in-law makes up some pots that say, "inferior wine", in big, bold letters. Boom! Problem solved. Now. I've got daughters. You've got sheep. Let's talk...