After years of being overlooked, archaeologists finally uncovered the ancient tablet found at the site of the biblical city of Tel Dor. Because the large stone tablet has immense historical significance it was immediately taken to the University of Haifa to be translated and preserved.
Found off the coast of Israel, archaeologists just found evidence that brings massive insight into one of the bloodiest periods of ancient Jewish history. Besides stating the ruler’s name, this stone tablet reveals other secrets of Biblical time. You need to see what it says…
For the first time in history, archaeological evidence has pointed to the person in charge during the bloody time in history that led up to the Jewish revolt.
Because this find is so big and validates the Holy Bible, researchers are ferociously working to decipher it. Some of the inscriptions on the stone slab have been translated…
Most notably the name of the Roman governor who ruled Judea was Gargilius Antiquus. This stone tablet is only the second Roman inscription ever found that uses the name “Judea” to label the region.
The slab was found about 18-miles off the coast near the Israeli city of Haifa. It is believed be date back to the 2ndcentury AD.
Without a doubt, the bloody period of Jewish history lead up to the violent Bar Kokhba revolt, when the Jewish people in the province rebelled against the Romans. And it was a violent and bloody battle indeed…
Historians believe the events going on during this time period led to the deaths of more than half a million Jews. Roman Emperor Hadriana wiped the name of Judea from the official records – hence why it is so rare to find Roman inscriptions using the name.
The last century has found other important evidence during this time period. Over the last seven decades, archaeological excavations have found the biblical city of Dor, which was south of present day Haifa. They found chunks of pottery and the huge chunk of stone, which was carefully dragged over to the University of Haifa.
This stone is believed to have formed part of an even larger sculpture. It is 33 inches tall and weighs more than 1,300 pounds.
Seven lines of Greek text are etched into the surface. Greek was the working language at the time.
The inscriptions mention Gargilius Antiquus, which is the first time modern-day historians have learned who was in charge when the Jews revolted.
“For the first time, we can identify with certainty the name of the Roman governor of Judea during the critical period leading up to the Bar Kochba revolt,” said Professor Assaf Yasur-Landau, from the University of Haifa. “Apart from that, this is only the second time that the name ‘Judea’ has appeared on an inscription from the Roman period.”
Because the Romans wanted the Jews erased from history, they renamed Judea Syria-Palestinea.
“What we have here is an inscription dated to just before Judea ceased to exist as a province under that name,’ the researchers add. “Of the two inscriptions mentioning the name Judea, the one just discovered is later, of course. Because such findings are so rare, it is unlikely that we will find later inscriptions including the name Judea.”