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Archaeology: How 'the most significant' biblical texts were hidden for thousands of years

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Professor Meyer said: “The long process was worth the wait as the silver scrolls, which were probably amulets or charms worn on a necklace, were found to be inscribed with the earliest known surviving text also found in the Hebrew Bible: Numbers 6:24-26.

“This passage recorded in the book of Numbers is called the Priestly Blessing; it begins by beseeching God to bestow physical and spiritual blessings upon his people and to keep or protect them from all evil.

“The prayer continues by asking God to make his face or nature favourable towards the children of Israel and to be kind unto them.

“Finally, the benediction beseeches God to be a source of comfort unto his people and to bless them with peace.”



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