By Ron E. Tappy, P. Kyle, Jr. McCarter
At the ultimate day of the 2005 excavation at Tel Zayit, archaeologists found a heavy limestone boulder with a wide, bowl-shaped hole floor into one aspect and traces of alphabetic writing incised into the opposite facet. This inscription used to be famous to be an abecedary containing the entire letters of the Canaanite alphabet—the such a lot significant abecedary came upon so far in a stratified 10th-century archaeological context in Israel. It evinces the linear alphabetic script of the critical and southern Canaanite inside in the beginning of the 1st millennium B.C.E.
The essays during this publication grew out of papers offered on the 2007 annual assembly of the yank colleges of Oriental learn. In them, the participants situate the archaeological, geographical, and social context of Tel Zayit and speak about the paleography of the script. in addition they supply insightful research in regards to the attainable volume of literacy and schooling in historic Israel and touch upon the measure to which scribal tradition could have contributed to the method of nation formation.
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