Ever wonder how the people in biblical times arranged their schedules? The answer may lie with a 4,000-year-old silt tablet recently discovered in the ruins of Larsa, an ancient Sumer city located in modern-day southern Iraq.
Larsa’s neighboring city was Ur Kasdim, mentioned in Sefer Bereishis as the birthplace of Avrohom Avinu.
The tablet, currently on display at the Bible Lands Museum in Yerushalayim, lists a schedule for one of the temples in Larsa that corresponds with eight days in the month of Shevat and includes a to-do list for a Yom Tov on the 8th day. The schedule is written in Akkadian.
“This silt tablet, which dates back to the time of Avrohom, is the only Mesopotamian text we know of to describe temple rituals stretching eight days. It also illustrates the similarities between our calendar and its Babylonian origins,” Bible Lands Museum Director Amanda Weiss said.