Erich Lessing

THE GEZER CALENDAR, found at Tel Gezer in 1908, is an agricultural ditty tied to the seasons. It is often referred to as the oldest Hebrew inscription. But recently paleographer Christopher Rollston has argued that the letters in the Gezer calendar are Phoenician. Johns Hopkins professor Kyle McCarter, however, disagrees. He claims the script of the Gezer calendar is different from coastal Phoencian letters and is on its way to becoming “the mature Hebrew national script.”