A scholar from the University of Haifa in Israel has found a clay fragment, written in a Canaanite language, which has been dated to the time of United Monarchy (1050 BC – 950BC). The fragment was found in the Elah Valley, where King Saul and his army confronted the Philistines. According to the Jerusalem Post, the inscription says:
1. you shall not do [it], but worship the [Lord].
2. Judge the sla[ve] and the wid[ow] / Judge the orph[an]
3. [and] the stranger. [Pl]ead for the infant / plead for the po[or and]
4. the widow. Rehabilitate [the poor] at the hands of the king.
5. Protect the po[or and] the slave / [supp]ort the stranger.
While the inscription is not biblical, it now makes the argument that the older books of the Tanakh were recorded three centuries before to the destruction of the Temple in 586 BC far more credible. Oddly, Google News suggests only about twenty news outlets picked up the story.