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Potsherds: broken pieces of clay pottery used in the Near East and Egypt for writing brief messages and receipts. Being almost imperishable, many of these have been discovered by archaeologists. A notable discovery, in 1935, included some twenty‐five of the ‘Lachish Letters’ to the army commander (Yaosh) who was defending Lachish; they came from a worried Judaean captain (Hoshaiah) when the Babylonians were approaching the city shortly before 587 bce (Jer. 34: 7).

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