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Rare 3,100-Year-Old Inscription Could Be Linked to Gideon from the Book of Judges - Archaeologist

Christian Headlines - Israeli archaeologists have uncovered an extremely rare 3,100-year-old inscription of a name that could very well be linked to the biblical judge Gideon from the Old Testament book of Judges.

According to The Times of Israel, archaeologists found a pottery vessel from a storage pit dating back to 1,100 BC at the Khirbet el Rai site during excavations in the Judean foothills. The small jug had an inscription of the name "Jerubbaal" or "Yeruba'al" on it, which was the same name given to Gideon, whose story is found in Judges 6, 7, and 8.

The rare find could be the first case of hard evidence of an artifact with a name connected to the biblical judges.

"For decades, there were practically no inscriptions of this era and region," Michael Langlois, a polymath independent epigrapher and historian, told The Times of Israel. "To the point that we were not even sure what the alphabet looked like at that time. There was a gap. Some even argued that the alphabet was unknown in the region, that there were no scribes, and that the Bible must therefore have been written much later."

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