The University of Haifa deciphered the most ancient Hebrew writing, which pushes the date of Jewish writing abilities 400 years before the previous estimate. The 10th century BCE inscription on potsherd closely parallels the biblical commandment to provide justice to widows and orphans.
The text is nothing short of astonishing:
You shall not do [it], but worship the [Lord].
Judge the slave and the widow, Judge the orphan
[and] the stranger. Plead for the infant, plead for the poor [and]
the widow. Rehabilitate … at the hands of the king.
Protect the poor [and] the slave, support the stranger.
Religion, thus, can been a major issue for Jews already three thousand years ago. Slaves had full access to courts – a thing unheard of even 29 centuries later, and there is no indication in the text that they were only Jewish slaves. Justice, as the Torah enjoins us, has been indeed the major value among Jews.
Jews had full sovereignty on this Land around 1,000 BCE – so much that they recognized and accorded benevolent treatment to strangers. At that time, Jews were ruled by monarchs, contrary to the claims of biblical minimalists of the fictitious nature of the Chronicles.
Shall we give this land to Palestinians?