Clay Tablets of Ebla. The Ebla (now Tel Mardikh) excavations carried out in northern Syria, 60 km. south of Aleppo, under the archaeological control of the. “People who are looking to the Ebla tablets for proof of the authenticity of the Bible are going to be AP; Picture 2, A clay tablet from Ebla. M.Ö. ‘lü yıllardan kalma Ebla Tabletleri, dinler tarihi açısından çok önemli bilgileri günümüze kadar taşımaktadır. Arkeologlar tarafından bulundukları

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The Ebla clay tablets have provided researchers with a wealth of information regarding cultural practices and myths, judicial affairs, ancient languages, business, and foreign and domestic policies from the ancient city of Ebla between BC and the destruction of the site in BC. Moreover, these clay tablets provide some key evidence for controversial biblical accounts.

A new source of suggestive evidence for the studies of Biblical stories and the Abrahamic Traditions was found within the contents of the Ebla clay tablets. Discovered inby the University of Rome professor Paolo Matthiae and his team of archaeologists, the tablets were unearthed in the site where the ancient city of Ebla once stood. This is the current location of a village named Tell Mardikh, in northern Syria. The findings in ancient Ebla included about intact cuneiform clay tablet and thousands of other pieces and fragments of different sizes and shapes.

The tablets were found in a room containing the royal archives of Ebla, which have remained undisturbed since the destruction of the city, 4, years ago.

According to David Noel Freedman. It consisted mainly of the economic accounts covering trade and tribute of the rulers of the city-state during a period of perhaps a hundred to a hundred and fifty years in the middle of the third millennium BC. Altogether, the Ebla clay tablets are of great cultural relevance because they give us information reflecting trading interests, commercial activities, diplomatic and foreign relations, the economy of the city, domestic affairs, and cultural matters.

Contrary to other prominent inscriptions of the era, the tablets contained almost no texts on military matters. Among the valued information recorded, one tablet stated, for example, that the city had a prosperous population of aboutcitizens. Royal palace “G” in Ebla. On this subject, it is relevant to note that some of the tablets dealt with judicial proceedings. There are elaborations as to the penalties incurred when a person is injured, and there are details about various trials.

The tablets depict a civilization about 1, years earlier than that of Moses, which provided important written information about the administration of justice. It was clearly a highly-developed civilization, with concepts of justice and individual rights to the fore. Although the majority of the tablets deal with economic matters and other commercial dealings, others described topics such as offerings to the gods, rituals, and legends.

As Clifford Wilson writes. Rituals associated with the gods are referred to, many of these gods being known in Babylonian literature of a later period. The Ebla tablets were written in two languages, Sumerian and a previously unknown Semitic dialect which scholars have named Eblaite. The discovery of the ancient language initiated an academic debate regarding the origins of this new dialect, and whether it came from the east Semitic branch, Akkadian, or from a west Semitic branch linking it to the Canaanite language.


The writing is considered a hybrid, adopting partial Sumerian words and partial characters that express syllables in the local vernacular. David Noel Freedman has explained that.

Individual items will ultimately affect the interpretation of almost every page of the Hebrew Bible as research continues. Approximate borders of Ebla and the Akkadian Empire in the second kingdom. The names of places and people found in the tablets raised a substantial interest among scholars.

There is an extensive area of overlapping information between the Ebla tablets and Biblical text. Among the many personal names found in both the Bible and the tablets are the following: The tablets also contained the name Yahthe short version for Yahweh, the personal name of the God of Israel. The name of places is also of great significance, especially since Ebla, located west of the Euphrates, was oriented mainly toward the south and west, and therefore the city’s trade and other concerns overlapped heavily with those of biblical territory.

Another remarkable discovery came with the mentioning of Sinai in the tablets. This was surprising for a number of reasons, including the suggestion that it could be a city on the coast, and simply the mentioning of it at all. This may impact what was previously thought about the location of Mount Sinai in connection with the Exodus stories. There are different theories regarding the location of Mount Sinai. One of the Ebla Tablets. Professor Giovanni Pettinato, an epigrapher also from the University of Rome, believes that he has found something very significant on one of the Ebla tablets containing information of geographical names – including the ones of the five cities of the plain Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboim and Bela.

The five cities of the plain are mentioned together as a five-city league in only one chapter in the Bible, Genesis This could suggest a type of connection between the list in Genesis 14 and the list on the Ebla tablet.

This detail is important because it means that the person who wrote down the story in Genesis 14 had access to the same information which is found in this tablet from Ebla. Most scholars have agreed with the theory that Genesis 14 was written much later – but this could bring a new insight to information supporting, for the first time, contact between Genesis 14 and outside authentic information.

The historicity of the Ebla tablet would present no problem since it contained simple commercial text, and not just legends or mythological tales. A tablet from the archive. The destruction of cities is probably one of the most unfortunate, and common, events in the ancient Near East region. Most of them were rebuilt before they were destroyed once again.

Ebla was one of the sites that suffered this destiny, but luckily many of the tablets have survived to tell us past tales, and provide new evidence to the study of Biblical stories — an area which is often controversial. Public DomainA clay tablet found in Ebla, Syria. Marina has an undergraduate degree in Anthropology, focused on ancient human evolution and archaeology. She did a post graduate year of studies in Renaissance History and discovered, among many things, that her passion belongs to the ancient world.

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