• Archaeologists Dig Up More Findings that Say: Bible History Can Be Trusted

    Surge Summary: More findings in Israel – this time in the city of Shiloh – have been uncovered which underscore the accuracy of the biblical narrative. What appears to be the corner of God’s altar has been unearthed and this can be added to many other excavations which track with what is written in the Bible. For what are probably multiple reasons, this is not getting the media attention it ought to receive.

    ‘Very bad news for stubbornly intentional skeptics: the evidence just keeps piling up that, when it comes to historical reliability, the Old Testament has got it going on.

    Scott Boyd at the noqreport.com writes:

    Verisimilitude. It’s a big word, one I had to look up when it was used by an archaeologist whose team discovered what appears to be the corner of God’s altar in Shiloh, Israel, a city in the heart of the West Bank. It means, “the appearance of being true or real,” and when applied to this archaeological discovery, it means what they found seems to demonstrate several historical components of the Old Testament are true.

    Several other recent discoveries at the site point to the same basic conclusion: What the Bible said about ancient Shiloh coincide with the emerging archaeological record. This is exciting news for Bible believers of the various Judeo-Christian faiths, which is why it was barely covered by the media. Jerusalem Post was one of the only sources to dive into the discovery.

    Over at that publication, Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman provides more background:

    Scott Stripling is a “biblical archaeologist”, director of excavations at ancient Shiloh and head of the Associates for Biblical Research who’s been excavating the land of Israel for decades. From 2013 to 2017 he oversaw excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir from 2013 to 2017. He served as a field supervisor of the Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project from 2005 to 2010. He was additionally a supervisor of the Jerusalem Temple Mount Salvage Project.

    Stripling testifies this fresh find

    is consistent with what he expected to find in the fields of the ancient city where, according to the biblical account, the tabernacle for the Ark of the Covenant once stood.

    His Shiloh team is made up of archaeologists and volunteers from 11 universities around the world – an interdisciplinary team of scientists, historians and biblical scholars. In the last three years, they uncovered multiple large pithoi – “famous Israelite collar-rimmed jars” – inside a series of “storage rooms” that they found surround the ancient city.

    Back to Scott Boyd who suspects that, despite the significance of the find and Stripling’s enthusiasm for it, media outlets, (including some in Israel) have avoided reporting on it.

    Then there’s the political complications inherent in the matter:

    Shiloh is in the disputed West Bank that nearly every nation that’s part of the United Nation’s believes should be home of for a Palestinian state or even returned to Jordan. Most in Israel and at least a strong minority in the United States believe otherwise, but progressive mainstream media in both countries won’t touch a story like this as it supports the notion that ancient Hebrews controlled the land long before any other current people group.

    (A conclusion, by the way, factually undeniable long before even this most recent discovery.)

    Nonetheless, Bible-believers can be pleased by the discovery as it’s just the latest in a long and growing string of archaeological finds in the Jewish state that support their claims to the land and the validity of the Bible. There have been multiple pieces of evidence discovered that align with Bible stories during past excavations as well, but they were not recognized by the traditional archaeologists who found them. One such discovery was in the early 1980s when Tel Aviv University Professor Israel Finkelstein discovered a large bone deposit.

    “These were kosher and young animals, many with signs of burn or butcher marks on them, and they were mostly from the right side of the animal,” Stripling explained. “This did not mean much to Finkelstein. For me it was Leviticus Chapter 7: The right side of the animal was the priest’s portion, which would have been consumed at Shiloh. It would have been sacrificed, eaten by the priest and the bones disposed.”

    So, archaeologists keep on digging in Israel — and the evidences that confirm the historical Biblical narrative continue getting uncovered. “Even secular scientists,” notes Boyd, “are starting to use the Bible to guide them through discoveries.”

    Whatever people’s preferences might be, how long can the experts ignore the obvious?: the reputation of the Bible as history book keeps, increasingly, getting stronger. Intellectual and academic integrity demand that verdict be acknowledged.

    H/T: Scott Boyd/noqreport.com

    H/T: Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman/Jerusalem Post

    Image: Screen shot: Archaeological dig at Shiloh, Israel; https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/israel/2018/july/this-is-not-mythology-archaeologists-dig-up-the-bible-at-ancient-city-of-shiloh

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