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Biblical Beka Stone Discovered in Jerusalem

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beka stone (The Christian Post)

Archaelogists in Jerusalem have discovered a small stone mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible.

Known as “beka”, the stone was mentioned in Exodus 38:26 which reads, “one beka per person, that is, half a shekel, according to the sanctuary shekel, from everyone who had crossed over to those counted, twenty years old or more, a total of 603,550 men.”

Eli Shukron, an archaeologist working on behalf of the Israeli Antiquities Authority, stated that the beka stone was unique in that its inscription goes left to right, rather than the usual right to left.

“Apparently, the seal craftsman got confused when he engraved the inscription on the weight and mistakenly used mirror script as he was used to doing,” he said.

According to the Christian Post, the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Israel Museum announced the discovery of a stone tablet from the First Century AD.