6462Re: [ANE-2] Tel Zayit in the news
- Nov 1, 2007That individual could be a student or?
R. Brian Roberts
Amateur Researcher in Biblical Archaeology
"Peter T. Daniels" <grammatim@...> wrote:
The Tell Zayit abecedary certainly doesn't look like something written by someone who had a fine grasp on what he was doing!
Peter T. Daniels grammatim@...
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From: Yitzhak Sapir <yitzhaksapir@...>
Sent: Wednesday, October 31, 2007 12:34:43 PM
Subject: Re: [ANE-2] Tel Zayit in the news
On 10/29/07, Peter T. Daniels wrote:
> From the article:
> "One reason for the buzz was that the stone suggests the earliest Hebrew
> Scriptures could have been written down in that era -- hundreds of years
> earlier than many scholars had believed.
> Are the "many scholars" unaware that literary texts were being recorded
> centuries earlier than the Tell Zayit abecedary?
I think part of the issue is that (as I understand it), the main
catalyst for the
current debate over the historicity of the Solomonic Empire, was a book by
Jamieson-Drake, "Scribes and Schools in Monarchic Judah: A Socio-
Archaeological Approach." There, he argued that scribal schools could
not have existed prior to the 8th century BCE in Judah, because Judah
lacked the resources normally associated with states that have scribal
schools. Prior to his work, the Solomonic period was relatively a consensus
among scholars. His work may not have (at least in retrospect) destroyed
that consensus, but it definitely made it an issue of discussion. The
abecedary is one more evidence of scribal schools that one can place on
the balance. That's what it means "could have been written down in that
era -- hundreds of years earlier than many scholars had believed." It's
not that literature was not written beforehand, or letters sent from Jerusalem
to Egypt, but many scholars believed that in Iron Age I and IIA there were no
scribal schools. It is somewhat naive (of course) to think that now that there
is more and more evidence for scribal schools in this period, we can
immediately assume the historicity of the Davidic/Solomonic state.
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