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Ancient Hebrew ‘Curse Tablet’ Discovered at Joshua’s Altar on Mt. Ebal

A revolutionary artifact with several lines of text ‘centuries older than any known Hebrew inscription from Israel’—and paralleling several scriptures regarding Israel’s entry into Canaan

Ancient Hebrew ‘Curse Tablet’ Discovered at Joshua’s Altar on Mt. Ebal, Armstrong Institute of Biblical Archaeology, Christopher Eames, 2/24/2022

And it shall come to pass, when the Lord thy God shall bring thee into the land wither thou goest to possess it, that thou shalt set the blessing upon mount Gerizim, and the curse upon mount Ebal. … Then Joshua built an altar unto the Lord, the God of Israel in mount Ebal, as Moses the servant of the Lord commanded …” (Deuteronomy 11:29; Joshua 8:30-31).

In a press release today, archaeologist Dr. Scott Stripling and his team of archaeologists and epigraphers announced the stunning discovery of a folded lead “curse tablet” following the wet-sifting of excavation fills at the site of “Joshua’s Altar” on Mount Ebal...