The So-Called Jehoash Inscription: A Post Mortem

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Jehoash tablet

Jehoash tablet

By: Ed Greenstein

At the turn of 2003 the Israeli press published a front-page article, announcing the authentification by the Geological Survey of Israel of what appeared to be a royal inscription of King Jehoash of Judah (circa 800 BCE). If genuine, the inscription reports on a refurbishing of the Jerusalem Temple (the Temple of Solomon) in close conformity with the account that is presented in 2 Kings 12. If genuine, the inscription would be proof positive that there actually was a great temple in Jerusalem in the monarchic period, a fact that has been challenged in recent scholarship.

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