Mt Ebal Curse Tablet

The Mt. Ebal Curse Tablet

A tablet found at the top of Mount Ebal, just north of Nablus in December of 2019.

It is a folded lead sheet that is about one inch high and one inch wide. Forty proto-Hebraic letters where inscribed on the tablet with a warning to those who didn't meet the requirements of the legally binding agreement. It reads:

"Cursed, Cursed, Cursed - cursed by the God Yahweh."

The inscription reads using a three letters form of the Hebrew name for God corresponding to the English letters: YHW.

Scott Stripling archaeologist and director of excavations for the U.S. based associates for Biblical Research (ABR), and his team discovered the document. It was discovered while 'wet-sifting' materials discarded during the archaeological excavations of Mount Ebal in the 1980's near a structure known as Jacobs Alter.

It is believed this location is where the Biblical figure Joshua sacrificed animals to God. The text corresponds to the Bible verse:

When the Lord your God has brought you into the land which you go to possess, that you shall put the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Ebal  - Deut 11.29