Tuesday, March 18, 2003


The ancient stone tablet containing an inscription from King Jehoash on its way to the Israeli Antiquities Authority broke in half in transit:

Officials didn't say how the break occurred, but a spokeswoman for the Antiquities Authority, Osnat Guez, said it could actually help scientists studying the tablet, since they will be able to check the inner layers to determine how old the stone is.

The authority will form a commission to study the tablet, which has fifteen lines of ancient Hebrew inscription that resemble passages from the Book of Kings.

Note to self: Cancel plans to ship Biblical antiquities.

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