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Ketef Hinnom

Ketef Hinnom is a site near Jerusalem that contains several burial chambers.

A particularly bratty intern was given the task of examining a burial chamber that had already been fully excavated. She brutishly attacked the floor and broke through it, revealing that it was in fact a roof that had fallen to the ground. Beneath the roof, she unearthed the earliest Torah texts ever found: the ~600 BC Ketef Hinnom Amulets, two silver scrolls each containing a blessing from Num. 6:24–26.

Yahweh bless you and keep you; Yahweh make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; Yahweh lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. Num 6:24–26