A seemingly unremarkable stone has a pretty remarkable inscription on it.

The piece of stone isn’t particularly large and doesn’t feature any jewels or fancy ornaments. However, it is particularly noteworthy as it features an extra-Biblical reference to King David, the earliest found.

The inscription can be clearly read as “bytdvd” – “Beit David”, i.e. The House of David.

House of David Stele, Tel Dan, photo courtesy of Israel Museum

To read more, see this article from Times of Israel.

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