Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Archaeology Series 23: The Gezer Calendar

The "Gezer calendar "

*It is a tablet of soft limestone inscribed in a paleo-Hebrew script. It is one of the oldest known examples of Hebrew writing, dating to the 10th century BCE. It was discovered in excavations of the Biblical city of Gezer, 30 miles northwest of Jerusalem, by R.A.S. Macalister in his excavations between 1902 and 1907.

*Gezer was one of Solomons fortress cities

*The calendar describes monthly or bi-monthly periods and attributes to each a duty such as harvest, planting or tending specific crops.

*Scholars have speculated that the calendar is either a schoolboy's memory exercise or perhaps the text of a popular folk song, or child's song. Another possibility is something designed for the collection of taxes from farmers.

The Gezer Calendar is now in the Museum of the Ancient Orient in Istanbul, along with the Siloam inscription and other archaeological discoveries found before World War I.


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The Gezer Calendar

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