by Jason Dulle
A pottery shard measuring 4” x 3.5” with Hebrew writing on it showed up on the antiquities market. It reads, “As Ashyahu the kingcommanded you to give into the hand of [Ze]chariah silver of Tarshish for the House of Yahweh: three shekels.”
It appears to be a receipt for a donation of three shekels of silver to the “House of Yahweh,” a reference to a temple. It is dated between 835 and 796 BC, and thus likely refers to Solomon’s temple. If so, this receipt was written approximately 130-160 years after the Temple was built.
- This is the oldest mention of Solomon’s temple ever discovered.