From the book Seal of God by F.C. Payne and revised by E.R. Finck, printed and distributed in Australia by Evangelistic Literature Enterprise, I have gleaned the following information.
• In Excavating near Ur of the Chaldees, Sir Leonard Wooley of the British Museum not only found ample evidence of a highly developed civilization, believed to be from the earliest of times. Finds included a tablet with the names of two Sumerian rulers, of 5,000 years ago, and massive brick buildings with the builders mark stamped on the bricks, from 2,000 to 3,000 BC. Professor Langdon, of Oxford University, working at Kish, 150 miles from Ur found tablets of ancient writing.
• The Pennsylvania University expedition found large numbers of inscriptions, including a series relating to the Creation and the flood. Excavations at Warka revealed evidence of an advanced state of civilization, and in many places civilization could be traced back to the beginning of history.
• In eight separate expeditions, the culture and writings of men who lived 5,000 years ago was laid bare.
Other matters of interest:
• In Egypt, written documents have been found which were written in 3,000 BC. As early as 2,750 BC envelopes were used for letters and sealed with sender’s personal seal. Papyrus rolls (an early form of paper) written upon with pen and ink have been found dating back to 2,000 BC.
• The museums of the world contain over 200,000 written tablets. (Other sources say a system of writing on stone tablets covered with a layer of clay or plaster, known as cuneiform, was invented in Sumerian in the third millennium BC. Because Sumerians also introduced a word system that was adaptable to other languages, this cuneiform system became widely used by traders throughout the Near East.)
• The letters of the King Eilch (written around 2,800 BC. 4,800 years ago) contain words and matter, similar to those of the last king of Babylon (538 BC.) (This means it was possible to write a letter in 2,800 BC, put it in a time capsule, which could be opened over 2,000 years later and read without too much difficulty, by the person who opened it.)
• From as early as 2,000 BC letters and books were written with ink and pen, upon rolls made of papyrus. (That is 4,000 years ago.)
• Mail between Palestine and Egypt dated 1,400 BC (3,400 years ago) contained all the types of written material you would expect to find in the mail today.
Gleanings from other sources.
• A system of writing on stone tablets known as cuneiform was invented in Sumeria 5,000 years ago. Because Sumerians also introduced a word system that was adaptable to other languages, this cuneiform system became widely used by traders throughout the Near East.
• In the 1960s and 70s an Italian archaeological team under Paolo Matthiae began digging at Ebla, a city of ancient Syria. It was established that Ebla was the centre of one of the largest inhabited areas of the Near East in the third millennium BC, with a population of up to 260,000. The city was destroyed about 2,250 BC. (4,250 years ago). One of the most exciting discoveries was the state archives containing over 16,000 cuneiform tablets.
The whole purpose of this chapter has been to point out that mankind had establish a written form of language as far back as the time of the Tower of Babel, in approximately 2,350 B.C. and that in the Middle East a similar form of writing was maintain after the Tower of Babel was destroyed (approximately 4,350 years ago).
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