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Thank God for Artificial Intelligence as New Light Is Shed on the Origins of the Bible

Intro

After returning from exile, Israelite tribe, Judah, had the principal assignment of watching the southern border of Jerusalem while the walls were being reconstructed. This was actually close to the time the Israelites went into Babylonian exile during Nebuchadnezzar’s reign. Well, these people wrote down a lot of things, and we now have a groundbreaking digital analysis that has gone on to reveal how many people wrote them, not only have we known about the number of writers, we have gotten remarkable knowledge about the bible’s own origin.

Many archeologists and mathematicians have tried to know when the bible was actually written and edited; this has even led many, including Arie Shaus, a mathematician at Tel Aviv University to try to use a machine learning tool to determine how people were able to write, edit and compile the bible back in the ancient times.

Many scholars have agreed to the fact that some early bible texts were written some time before Jerusalem’s destruction in 586 BCE, and around that time, many in Judah had the ability to read and write, and that ended up helping them in compiling the bible. One sure proof was David, the son of Jesse of the tribe of Judah who was the last born and who was also a shepherd. David sang and wrote psalms through his sojourn and that is proof that even the lowly and less privileged could read and write.

But these texts that were penned down prior to Jerusalem’s destruction haven’t really shed enough light on the time they were penned, the circumstances surrounding the writing and how many writers wrote them. Well, technological discoveries have now shed light on some texts that may not even have anything to do with the bible giving a little clearer explanation.

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Inked inscriptions from the fortress of Arad, located in southern Judah. Image: Michael Cordonsky / Tel Aviv University / Israel Antiquities Authority



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