A research team that includes current and former Children’s National faculty wanted to learn more about the degree of religiousness and spirituality reported by people living with HIV and the interplay between religion and health-related quality of life.
“From a larger perspective, the law is not merely about parapets or guardrails or balustrades,” they continued. “Like the other ethical laws of the Torah, it is about the sanctity of life, the moral behavior expected from people and the legal and sometimes fatal repercussions of human negligence when one fails to love one’s neighbor as oneself.”
The inscriptions feature the date of composition (year of a given monarch), commodity type (oil, wine), name of a person, name of a clan and name of a village near the capital. Based on letter-shape considerations, the ostraca have been dated to the first half of the eighth century BCE, possibly during the reign of King Jeroboam II of Israel.