Biblical History in Broken Jars
Archaeologists have to be careful when making definitive claims about their fines. Should especially be careful before making claims that don't align with the Biblical record the Colson Center. Senator Ron John. STONESTREET is breaking now. Stop me if this sounds familiar. Archaeologist digging in Israel discover artifacts buried for about three millennia upon close examination. Tation there find either confirms the biblical narrative or at least undermines a long accepted dismissal of a biblical claim. Okay don't stop me after all won't matter if you try I.. I never get tired of telling stories like these archaeologists from Zuzu Pacific University and Hebrew University excavating at Tel Abel. Beth Maka a three thousand year old site about four miles west of Dan which is about as far north as you can go and still be in. Israel found a room dating back to the Ninth Century before Christ contained broken jars. Now that might not sound particularly exciting to you or even newsworthy. But stay with me. During the reign of King Abel Beth Makka Aca was where the kingdoms of Israel Iran and Venetia met. The city is mentioned in Second Samuel. Twenty as a city that has a mother in Israel. And part the Lord's inheritance now. Some scholars have disputed that Abel Beth mce wasn't Israelite City as the Bible claims and their reckoning the biblical authors were reading back subsequent events to more ancient history however. Some of the jars contain residues. That suggested the room was an ancient wine cellar and at least one of the jars had an inscription description so faint it required special equipment to see it. The inscription read if Nio which means belongs to Benjamin Benjamin. You might ask Benjamin who cares what the important detail here is that the inscription was written in Hebrew has biblical Archaeology Review. Put it the findings suggest. Ask that Abel Beth. mce was an Israelite City at the time when Ahab was the Israelite King. Now obviously it's important to be cautious not over interpret the data here here. The field of biblical archaeology archaeology. In general as a human endeavoured subject to human failings like most other areas of study sloppiness bias. Fraud frauds. Simple good-faith errors. These all can lead to flawed. Interpretation of finding so caution is advised unfortunately. What's long past for caution Washington. Archaeology is what would be better identified as Herman. Ix of suspicion in other words there's an often taken for granted assumption that the Bible and the biblical local record can't be trusted because it deals with religion and morality. It must be exaggerating if not outright lying on any historical claims on the other hand. Dan just more than a little annoying that the Bible's contemporaries always seem to get the benefit of the doubt especially if their claims contract the Bible classic case the exodus since no mention of the exodus exist and contemporaneous Egyptian documents mini scholars assume the biblical account is fictional. Such an assumption is willfully hopefully naive ignoring that records. Were more royal propaganda than neutral reporting anything that made a ruler. Look bad would be memorialized by a monument or or a mentioned in official records as one writer snarly suggested just how would such an official would mention of the exit sound if it were written in typical royal language which Ramsey's the great before whom all Trimble and all announced that the man Moses it kicked his royal posterior for all the world to see this proving that God is y'all way and the two thousand neuro- culture of Egypt is ally will finding that kind of inscription buried in sand those kind of caution to accompany findings like the one at Tel able bath. maca is prudent. Wouldn't make no mistake. Such caution is seldom about the quality of the evidence behind the history of the biblical accounts and more often about a predisposition to treat the Bible liable like any other religious text time after time and way after way the Bible just proves it's not like any other book religious or otherwise because because the Bible actually tells the story of God's action in human history. It sweats the historical details in ways that other religious tax. Just don't and that's why I never get tired of reporting when these historical details are discovered and validated for breakpoint. I'm John Stonestreet.