Artificial Intelligence Sheds New Light on the Origins of the Bible

Inked inscriptions from the fortress of Arad, located in southern Judah. Image: Michael Cordonsky / Tel Aviv University / Israel Antiquities AuthorityTwenty six hundred years ago, a band of Judahite soldiers kept watch on their kingdom’s southern border in the final days before Jerusalem was sacked by Nebuchadnezzar. They left behind numerous inscriptions—and now, a groundbreaking digital analysis has revealed how many writers are behind them. The research and innovative technology behind it stand to help us learn about the origins of the Bible itself. “It’s well understood that the Bible was not composed in real time but was probably written and edited later,” Arie Shaus, a mathematician at Tel Aviv University told Gizmodo. “The question is, when exactly?” Shaus is one of several mathematicians and archaeologists trying to broach…


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