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Ancient Curse Inscription Deciphered from Tablet Discovered During Archaeological Wet Sift

High-Tech Scans Reveal Ancient Hebrew Script, Centuries Older than any Other Known Tablets

At a press conference held at the Lanier Theological Library on Thursday, March 24, 2022, the Associates for Biblical Research (ABR) announced the discovery of a formulaic curse recovered on a small, folded lead tablet. The defixio came to light in December 2019 when archaeologist Scott Stripling, Director of the Archaeological Studies Institute at The Bible Seminary in Katy, Texas, led an ABR team to wet sift the discarded material from Adam Zertal’s excavations (1982–1989) on Mt. Ebal.

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