This article in Live Science suggests that the Bible may have been written much earlier than previously supposed:

Scientists have discovered the earliest known Hebrew writing — an inscription dating from the 10th century B.C., during the period of King David’s reign.

The breakthrough could mean that portions of the Bible were written centuries earlier than previously thought. (The Bible’s Old Testament is thought to have been first written down in an ancient form of Hebrew.)

Until now, many scholars have held that the Hebrew Bible originated in the 6th century B.C., because Hebrew writing was thought to stretch back no further. But the newly deciphered Hebrew text is about four centuries older, scientists announced this month.

“It indicates that the Kingdom of Israel already existed in the 10th century BCE and that at least some of the biblical texts were written hundreds of years before the dates presented in current research,” said Gershon Galil, a professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Haifa in Israel, who deciphered the ancient text.

The dating of the origin of human civilization keeps being moved back into the mists of time.  I suspect there is much more to know about these early days of our religious history than we are led to believe!
A reader comments: Scholars largely believe that the earliest portions of the Bible, i.e. the Torah were redacted and edited and made into a single book as we know today starting around the 6th century. But that text was being put together from earlier sorces both oral and written. My problem with articles like these is how misleading they are. Because of course most people, who aren’t scholars of Hebrew language and the Bible won’t know any better but to believe an article such as this and think it authoritative


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