Hand me a pottery shard, I have to leave a note for my wife...much obliged.
If someone gets a notion to slap leather with a Christian about evidence for the Bible, he'd better not be grabbing archaeology to use as his shootin' iron. Archaeology has been supportive of the Bible. (Why not? It's God's Word, after all.) Some tinhorns will use arguments from silence using archaeology (something mentioned 4,000 years ago hasn't been found, so the Bible is false), but that shows desperation as well as ignorance of logic.
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Evidence has been mounting to refute their faulty assumptions, and there is some big news: pottery shards. Those things were examined, and they were used as written communication. Further, they show that people in the Old Testament times had widespread literacy, not just a few elite folks here and there.
Analysis of 16 texts written on pottery shards confirm that ordinary people were literate in Old Testament times.To read what Rachel wrote, click on "Arad Texts Confirm Widespread Literacy in Judah". And, you may want to check out "Archaeologists buttress early dating of OT books".
The Bible is not often mentioned in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. A paper by scholars including Israel Finkelstein (advocate of a late chronology) concludes that ordinary soldiers at a remote desert outpost called Arad were literate. By doing handwriting analysis of inscriptions on 16 pottery shards, they deduced that six different individuals, each of which knew how to write and spell correctly. Rachel Pells writes in The Independent: