Washington, Jan. 28: A few characters scratched on ancient earthenware jug's side have left archaeologists wondering if it corroborates the Bible's stories of King Solomon.
Gershon Galil, a professor of ancient history and biblical studies at the University of Haifa, told Fox News that the Ophel inscription - 3,000-year-old characters found in Israel in July - is the earliest alphabetical written text ever found in Jerusalem and proves the real basis behind parables and stories in the world's most famous book.
He said that they are dealing here with real kings, and the kingdom of David and Solomon was a real fact.
Three letters of the inscription are incomplete, and Galil translated them to "yah-yin chah-lak," which is Hebrew for "inferior wine."
The first half of the text indicates the 20th or 30th year of Solomon's reign - making the entire inscription a label of sorts for the jug's contents.
Galil said that the text must be written in an early form of southern Hebrew, as it is the only language of the time to use two yods (Hebrew letters) to spell the word wine.
He also suggested that laborers, who were helping to build Jeruslame, were probably given the "inferior wine."
Outside of biblical texts, there has been no proof that Solomon in the mid-10th century had given orders for the construction of the building of the First Temple - the ancient Israelites' place of worship where the Dome of the Rock currently stands.
Some suggest that Judean King Hezekiah was the one who actually built the temple in Solomon's name. (ANI)