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    Quote Originally Posted by shunyadragon View Post
    Your over emphasizing one find to justify an agenda. Many examples dating far older in the other cultures have found writing used in every day commerce, which directly translates to people working in commerce would be literate far older than any thing found ancient Judaism.

    It is shear unrealistic speculation to justify more ancient Biblical scripture older than the present finds based on this find. Nothing has been found so far concerning Biblical text older than the silver scrolls.
    Again you are confusing how long a people were literate with the percentage of the populace that is literate. By your reasoning England in the Middle Ages (with a literacy rate well under 10%) were more literate than the US is today (with a literacy rate over 90%).

    We're not talking about something written by one person but by half a dozen different people among a small group including low ranking soldiers (historically speaking a group where high levels of reading and writing are not found) at an isolated fort (not a commerce or cultural center where higher levels of literacy would normally be found) that are remarkably free of errors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogue06 View Post
    Again you are confusing how long a people were literate with the percentage of the populace that is literate. By your reasoning England in the Middle Ages (with a literacy rate well under 10%) were more literate than the US is today (with a literacy rate over 90%).

    We're not talking about something written by one person but by half a dozen different people among a small group including low ranking soldiers (historically speaking a group where high levels of reading and writing are not found) at an isolated fort (not a commerce or cultural center where higher levels of literacy would normally be found) that are remarkably free of errors.
    No problem, you are still far over reaching your conclusions concerning the differences in the history of literacy of cultures with just one discovery. It is a matter of fact that writing existed throughout the commercial world over at least a thousand years before any known writing in the Hebrew pastoral tribes, and labels on containers and trade tablets would would require workers to be able to read them. If you have writing for over a thousand years as tool of communication you will have wide spread literacy for commercial purposes.

    I have no problem with the ramifications of this discover among the Hebrews, but you are neglecting the prrior over a thousand years of writing in the other cultures surrounding the Hebrew pastoral tribes that only had rudimentary Canaanite and Ugarite writing if that prior to ~800-1000 BCE. Still is is unsubstantiated conjecture the Hebrew Torah writings prior to this time. The only evidence of Biblical writings prior to this perriod is Ugarite, Canaanite and pre-Babylonian cuneiform tablets.
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