The fragile 11 cm by 2.5 cm (4.3 by one inch) piece of papyrus, dated by the Israel Antiquities Authority to the 7th century B.C.E, that was presented Tuesday at a news conference in Jerusalem, has two lines of Hebrew script:
"From the king's maidservant, from Na'arat, jars of wine, to Jerusalem," it reads, suggesting it was part of a document detailing tax payments or the transfer of goods to storehouses in Jerusalem.
Archeologists judge the document plundered from a cave by antiquities robbers, "the earliest extra-biblical source to mention Jerusalem in Hebrew writing.”
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu wrote on Twitter: "Hey UNESCO, an ancient papyrus dating to the 1st Temple 2700 yrs ago has been found. It bears the oldest known mention of Jerusalem in Hebrew.”
He was referring to the UNESCO majority vote for a resolution that caused wide outrage by obliterating the millennia of Jewish history on Jerusalem'sTemple Mount and renaming the Jewish shrine “Haram al-Sharif, a Muslim place of worship.”