Artifacts of the Month: Ketef Hinnom Silver Amulets
For those interested in Biblical studies, the scrolls speak to the antiquity of the Torah, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible (i.e., the Christian Old Testament). Some critical theories postulate a late date of composition for these texts, say, the 6th-5th BC, but the earlier existence of these scrolls—and their Biblical passages—weighs to some extent against this theory.
For information on similar artifacts related to the Bible, see Bible and Archaeology - Online Museum.
(Photos: BiblePlaces.com. Significant resource for further study: Gabriel Barkay, et al., "The Challenges of Ketef Hinnom: Using Advanced Technologies to Recover the Earliest Biblical Texts and their Context," Near Eastern Archaeology, 66/4 [Dec. 2003]: 162-71.)