The Mt. Ebal Tablet: The First Ancient Postmodern Inscription?


This is not the decipherment of an ancient text written by a scribe, but the creation of a new, artificial text by Galil. It is a purely academic (though very imaginative) exercise. Galil and his coauthors believe in this experiment: they spent much time and resources, and the results confirm their underlying ideological convictions. But this does not change the conclusion that this experiment has no historical value for the ancient world.


By Raz Kletter
University of Helsinki
Faculty of Theology
Docent for Near Eastern Archaeology
February 2024

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For a more detailed discussion, see R. Kletter, “Galil and Goliath: A Land of Archaeological Sin?” SSRN: Social Science Research Network. 30 November 23.

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