Bible plate sold for $850 thousand
The earliest known stone inscription of the Ten Commandments was sold for $ 850 thousand and a condition that the owner should put the stone on public display.
"National treasure" of Israel, the stone was first discovered in 1913 during excavations at the train station near Yavne in Israel and is the only intact version of the Commandments, which exists to this day.
"The significance of the stone is testimony to the deep roots and strength of the Commandments which still constitute the basis of the three great world religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam," said David Michaels, Director of ancient coins for heritage auctions.
"Its surface is worn out, broken in some places, with fingerprints, some people feel a special excitement, touching the piece of the Bible." Marble slab 2 feet wide, 52 kg, which is written in Hebrew script under the name "Samaritan". Most likely the plate was decorated with a synagogue or a house in the ancient city "Jabal" in Palestine. It lists 9 of the 10 widely known biblical commandments from the book of Exodus.
Michael said that the house, which was the plate was either destroyed by the Romans between 400 and 600 BC, either by the crusaders in the 11th century, and the stone was buried under the rubble of the ruins for many centuries until its discovery near Yavne.