silver ingots from En Gedi

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As a part of MoSt Church‘s Bible reading project today we’re in Isaiah 5-8. Everyone familiar with Isaiah remembers the first portion of the chapter (vs.1-17), especially vs. 14. But, do you remember how the chapter ends (Isaiah 7.18-25)? It is a strong word regarding how God will whistle up Assyria to come and have its way with his people, Judah, for their sin.

“On that day, there will be thorns and thistles in every place where a thousand vines worth a thousand silver shekels [about 25 lbs.] once grew.” (Isa. 7.23)

While in the Israel Museum in 2013, I snapped these pics of a hoard of silver ingots that was discovered in a jar in En Gedi (in Judah, near the Dead Sea). They date back either to the time of Isaiah, or very close to it.