Religion: New Grounding for the Bible?

Scholars debate 45-century-old writings found in Syria

Lord of heaven and earth: The earth was not; you created it. The light of the day was not; you created it. The morning light you had not yet made exist.

Those lines seem a modern rewrite of Genesis, Chapter 1. In fact, the words are far older. They come from a hymn of praise to a creator-god, written some 45 centuries ago and preserved in the buried remains of the ancient city of Ebla, in present-day Syria. Between 1974 and 1976, 16,500 tablets and fragments were unearthed by a team of Italian archaeologists at Ebla,...

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