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Professor of Biblical Studies and Ancient History at the University of Haifa Gershon Galil spoke about an important discovery. He managed to decipher five new records of King Hezekiah of Judah. According to the professor, this is one of the most important archaeological discoveries of all time in Israel, and represents a breakthrough in the study of the history of Israel in the biblical period. “I managed to decipher five new monumental inscriptions of the King of Judah Hezekiah, which include dozens of lines and hundreds of letters. The inscriptions mention the name of Hezekiah, king of Judah, and summarize his major activities in the first seventeen years of his reign, including the mining of the Nikbat-a-Shiloah quarries, ritual reform, the conquest of the Philistines, and his accumulation of great wealth,” said the archaeologist. According to Galil, the most important aspect of the discovery is the fact that “the inscriptions indicate the exact date of completion of the water project – 2 Tammuz 17th year of Hezekiah = 709 BC "These are the most complete royal inscriptions we have. And they are another proof that the kings of Israel and Judah wrote royal inscriptions, which indicated their names and deeds, ", — Galil noted. He gave a verbatim quotation of this inscription, which includes 11 lines, 64 words and 243 letters in Hebrew: The inscription consists of 11 lines, 64 words and 243 letters and reads: “Hezekiah, son of Ahaz, king of Judah; made a swimming pool and plumbing; in the seventeenth year, on the second day of the fourth [month]; From King Hezekiah came a king, he walked on the brook; he defeated the Philistines; From Ekron to Gaza, and set up his military ambush there; Jewish army. And he broke the tombstone and crushed the bronze serpent; And he removed the altars of idols and cut down the tree of Usher, Hezekiah the king; He accumulated wealth in all his treasures and in his house; Lots of silver and gold incense and good oil".
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