A fragment of plaster from a mudbrick wall contradicting the Bibles version of the conquest of Palestine by the Jews was handed to the Department of Antiquities in Jordan on Tuesday (May 2) by Dutch archaeologists who found it five years ago.
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Background: A fragment of plaster from a mudbrick wall contradicting the Bibles version of the conquest of Palestine by the Jews was handed to the Department of Antiquities in Jordan on Tuesday (May 2) by Dutch archaeologists who found it five years ago.
The fragment, which bears writing in the Aramaic language, comes from a temple wall at T???ll D???ir Alla in the Jordan Vall???y and dates back to the seventh century before Christ. The fragment was discovered in 1967 by a Dutch Archaeological Expedition under the direction of Dr. H.J. Frank???n, -- and was officially returned to the Jordanian Minister of Tour???im, Mr. Gh???l???b Barakat.
At a ceremony in Jordan's Intercontinental Hotel in Amman, Mr. Barakat said he intended to put the text at the disposal of world experts for study because, he said "for the first time the find corrects the errors of history told by the Zionists."
Dr. Fr???nk???n said the fragment was a unique and important find for many fields of study, including language and history. It confirmed the archaeological interpretation that T???ll D???ir Alla was an ancient Jordanian ???nctuary completely independent from the ancient Hebrew religion and influence -- culturally, politically or religiously -- during the period of the Jud???an Kingdom, he said.
The Dutch archaeologist said it also supports the view of Bible critics who maintain that many stories about the coming of the Hebrew tribes from Egypt through Transjordan do not reflect the real course of events -- but religious views dating from some 400 or 500 years later.
Dr. Fr???nk???n said the writing on the D???ir Alla wall was a clear example that the priests from Jerus???l???m tried to fit the history of the past into the religious opinion of the ???venth century before Christ.