Hebrew Inscription on a 3,000-year-old Jar Could Redraw Borders of Ancient Israel

Archaeologists were surprised to find Hebrew writing in Abel Beth Maacah, which some don’t think was part of the ancient kingdom

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The inscribed jar in situ, in a destroyed Iron Age building in Abel Beth Maacah
The inscribed jar in situ, in a destroyed Iron Age building in Abel Beth MaacahCredit: Robert Mullins

Nearly 3,000 years ago, a scribe inked a single Hebrew word on a large jar filled with wine or something else, which had been stored in a building at Abel Beth Maacah, an ancient settlement at the northern tip of today’s Israel. Now archaeologists have found it. That one word in an “unexpected” place could redraw the map of the ancient kingdom of Israel in the 10th-9th century B.C.E., showing it may have stretched farther north than is currently supposed.

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