17. Are there any ancient documents that were written in Paleo Hebrew?

Only a few original documents from the time period where Paleo Hebrew was prevalent remain or have been discovered:
  1. The Zayit Stone contains the earliest known inscription in the Paleo-Hebrew script and has been dated to the 10th Century BC.  While not technically a document, it is inscribed with a complete abecedary, basically a listing of the letters of the alphabet.
  2. The Siloam Inscription, 8th Century BC, indicates that King Hezekiah closed up the waters of the Gihon Springs and had the water diverted through an underground tunnel to the Pool of Siloam.  The inscription records the construction of the tunnel.
  3. Another find is the Ketef Hinnom scrolls. These two tiny silver scrolls (about 1 inch long) were found in burial caves. It took experts three years to unroll and discover the priestly blessing in Paleo Hebrew. The scrolls are believed to pre-date the Dead Sea scrolls by about four centuries.
  4. The Samaritans of Israel still use a unique form of Paleo Hebrew in their religious and worship practices.

Additionally, scores of archaeological finds in recent times depict Paleo Hebrew inscriptions. These include pottery, jewelry, cave inscriptions, and architectural engravings to name a few.

The explanations and products on our website occasionally use some of the regional variants that help demonstrate the functional meanings of the words depicted.

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