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Archaeology: 'Magic hand' carving in a West Bank tomb dated to biblical Kingdom of Judah

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The stone slab’s ancient inscription reads:

“Uriyahu the rich wrote it

“Blessed be Uriyahu by Yhwh

“For from his enemies by his [Yhwh’s] Asherah he saved him [carving of the hand]

“… by Abiyahu

“… by his Asherah

“… his A[she]era”

Dr Titus Kennedy, a professor of biblical archaeology at Shepherds Theological Seminary, described the discovery in his book Unearthing the Bible: 101 Archaeological Discoveries That Bring the Bible to Life.

He wrote: “The inscription mentions that the author, Uriyahu (a name meaning ‘my light is Yahweh’), was blessed ‘by Yahweh and by His asherah,’ and ‘from his enemies He saved him.’



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