Archaeology

LITERACY IN ANCIENT ISRAEL – NEW FINDINGS SHOW MORE EDUCATED THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT

The Bible does not say what the literacy rate was in ancient Israel, but it does indicate that it was not rare. Now evidence shows that in ancient Israel literacy was not the exclusive domain of a handful of royal scribes, so there is no need to doubt the biblical accounts on these matters. As was the case in last week’s Update on architecture, this emphasis on writing and education came centuries prior to the classical Greeks. We look forward to hearing about more discoveries in the future that will continue to impact this subject

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