Earliest known Ten Commandments stone inscription sells for £800,000
The square 200lbs tablet dates back to the fourth century and adorned an ancient synagogue in Israel that was destroyed by the Romans between 400AD to 600AD.
The 'thou shalt' commandments were chiseled into the white marble slab in 20 lines of letters in an early Hebrew script called Samaritan.
The 2ft by 2ft tablet was uncovered in 1913 during excavations for a railway station near Yavneh in Israel.
The Biblical tablet was acquired by an Arab man who set it in the floor of his courtyard and as a result years of foot traffic wore down some of the letters set in the centre.
In 1943 it was... read more
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