By Ron E. Tappy, P. Kyle, Jr. McCarter
At the ultimate day of the 2005 excavation at Tel Zayit, archaeologists came upon a heavy limestone boulder with a wide, bowl-shaped hole flooring into one aspect and traces of alphabetic writing incised into the opposite aspect. This inscription was once famous to be an abecedary containing the entire letters of the Canaanite alphabet—the so much monstrous abecedary chanced on to this point in a stratified 10th-century archaeological context in Israel. It evinces the linear alphabetic script of the relevant and southern Canaanite inside at first of the 1st millennium B.C.E.
The essays during this booklet grew out of papers offered on the 2007 annual assembly of the yank colleges of Oriental learn. In them, the members situate the archaeological, geographical, and social context of Tel Zayit and speak about the paleography of the script. in addition they supply insightful research in regards to the attainable quantity of literacy and schooling in historic Israel and touch upon the measure to which scribal tradition can have contributed to the method of nation formation.