Tel Qeiyafa Ostracon

Tel Qeiyafa Ostracon

Dated to early tenth century BC, excavated from the Tel Qeiyafa site above the Valley of Elah....

Hebrew script was adopted as an alphabetic script from the Canaanite script somewhere around the 12th or 11th century BC and followed the style of the Phoenician script until around the 9th century when they began to specifically tailor their text for themselves as a national identity