Ancient Hebrew ‘Curse Tablet’ Discovered at Joshua’s Altar on Mt. Ebal
The tablet remarkably parallels the account in Deuteronomy 11, 27 and Joshua 8, which record the establishment of an altar on this site at the time of the Israelite conquest of Canaan and the declaration of “curses” from it. Not only that, the inscription is by far the earliest to use the Hebrew name of the God of Israel, yhw (predating the next-earliest inscription by centuries). In the words of Prof. Gershon Galil, the discovery represents “absolutely the most important inscription ever found in Israel.”
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