The oldest manuscript with a non-biblical mention of Jerusalem in Hebrew was examined by experts after removal of papyrus from black diggers. The document refers to the First Temple period, that is, the seventh century BC.
“Black archeologists” found the document in one of the caves in the Judean desert, but when you try to seduce him was intercepted by the officers of the Department of antiquities of the Jewish state to prevent theft of objects of historical and cultural heritage. To determine when the papyrus was affixed, allowed radiocarbon Dating.
Experts report that the papyrus has preserved two lines, which translate roughly as follows: “From the Royal maidens, Narty, jugs of wine, to Jerusalem.” In all likelihood, the manuscript represents a kind of official document indicating the status of the sender, the contents of the parcel and the localities from which and to which the parcel should be delivered.
According to the researchers, the discovered manuscript may serve as proof that Jerusalem in the second half of the VII century BC had the status of economic capital of the Kingdom. The scientists also noted that the papyrus is a rather “delicate” material, and often it is destroyed over time, but the dry climate of the desert allowed the document to survive to the present day. According to scientists, it allows to hope that in the caves of the Judean desert, you can encounter other valuable manuscripts. Among other things, this highlights how serious a problem for scientists could be operating in these places, “black archeologists”.
Their specialists are planning to report on upcoming scientific conference.