After 1,800 years a stone tablet found in the ocean at the site of the biblical city Tel Dor has been brought to the surface for further inspection. Due to the HUGE historical significance of the artifact scientists took no time in transporting the tablet to the University of Haifa. Once at the university the tablet was preserved and translated.
Archaeologists found the piece of history right off the coast of Israel, and are pleased to announce that it is a very important link to one of the deadliest times in ancient Judaism. The artifact uncovers secrets that have been buried for centuries, including the ruler’s name. This is the first time in our world’s history that there is solid archaeological evidence proving who the person in charge was during the gory Jewish revolt.
This discovery not only ties up so many loose ends about Jewish history, but it also validates the Bible. Scientists and researchers are working around the clock to read and translate the writing on the stone. Some of the stone has already been translated and the evidence is damning.
The most interesting translation so far confirms that the Roman governor who ruled Judea was named Gargilius Antiquus. This piece of history is only the second place that has EVER displayed the area labelled “Judea”. This tablet was found roughly 18 miles off the Israeli coast near Haifa. And when we say this thing is old, we mean it. The artifact is thought to have been created in the 2ndcentury AD. This time in Jewish history was the goriest and most deadly, which lead to the Bar Kokhba revolt. During this revolt, the Jewish people dwelling in the province rallied together to rebel against the Roman empire. During the revolt, many lost their lives.
For years historians have researched these events without conclusive discoveries, however, they are fairly certain that during this period over half a million Jews lost their lives. The reason that it is so rare to see any Roman inscriptions with the name Judea, is because Roman Emperor Hadriana took Judea off every single official record, essentially wiping out of history.
Within the last 70 years, the biblical city of Dor was found through archaeological diggings. Dor was south of modern-day Haifa. Pieces of pottery and stones were found and brought to the University of Haifa. It is thought that the stone that was most recently found is actually a smaller piece of a much larger monument. The piece that was uncovered is 33 inches tall and weighs in at over 1,300 pounds. That leaves us wondering how big the entire thing was when it was intact. There are seven lines of Greek text on the stone, which was the working language during the 2nd century AD.
The Greek inscriptions reference Gargilius Antiquus. This is a huge find since this is the first time in history that we are given an insight into who was in power when the Jews revolted against the Romans.
“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,” explained 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.”
The Romans renamed Judea as Syria-Palestinea in an attempt to completely erase the Jewish people from history.
“What we have here is an inscription dated to just before Judea ceased to exist as a province under that name,’ the researchers claim. “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.”
This monumental find is an extremely crucial link to Jewish history. Let’s hope archaeologists can find the rest of the tablet.