Due to an irregularity, the process took more than 120 years to complete.
The Hebrew language is forever tied to the Hebrew Bible, the advancement of which mirrors the evolution of the Jewish written language. Critical studies of the Old Testament, compared to ancient sources of the same text, reveal the passages have undergone a chain of stages before they reached the canonical versions we know today. Unfortunately, tracking this evolution is completely dependent on discovering material evidence.
The Egyptian papyrus, known as Amherst 63, is an example of such evidence. Discovered in Luxor, Egypt, in the late 19th century, it contains a composition that is strikingly similar to Psalm 20.