In an excavation at Jerusalem’s City of David, archaeologists found dozens of seals with “biblical-type” names on them.
DNA research is shining new light on the Biblical Canaanite civilization, which existed thousands of years ago in the Middle East.
“Of these were the isles of the nations divided in their lands, every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.” Genesis 10:5 (The Israel Bible™)
In a scientific first, DNA taken from Egyptian mummies has been decoded, producing unexpected results about the true origins of the Egyptian people. These results confirm a controversial theory that traces the First Egyptian Dynasty back to Biblical Ham, as described in the Book of Genesis.
Scientists have long been baffled by the origins of the Egyptian people. Until now, there was no empirical data to clarify the issue. The study of Egypt’s population history could only draw on literary and indirect archaeological references, and inferences made from genetic studies of present-day Egyptians. Based on these sources, most researchers believed that ancient Egyptians came from nearby northern Africa. Egyptians today exhibit a significant sub-Saharan genetic influence.
This scientific belief long contradicted the Biblical account, which designates the forefather of Egypt as being Mizrayim, a son of Ham.
Of these were the isles of the nations divided in their lands, every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations. And the sons of Ham: Cush, and Mizraim, and Put, and Canaan. Genesis 10:5-6
According to the Bible, Mizrayim settled in Egypt whereas Cush settled in Africa, establishing two distinct and separate nations that did not share a common heritage. The scientific theory implies the origins of Africa and Egypt were the same.
A recent study of the DNA of mummies, led by Johannes Krause of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, has shed some light on the subject, and his findings support the Biblical narrative.
Previous attempts to study the DNA of mummified remains were inconclusive. The hot climate of Egypt combined with the embalming process practiced by ancient Egyptians destroyed most DNA. For this study, researchers sampled 151 mummies from Abusir el-Meleq, about 60 miles south of Cairo. Their samples spanned 1,300 years of ancient Egyptian history, from about 1388 BCE to 426 CE.
The researchers were able to collect 90 samples of mitochondrial DNA and three samples of genomes, the total of an organism’s DNA. The surprising results showed that ancient Egyptians were more closely related to populations from the Near East and southwest Asia, and not from northern Africa as previously thought.
“In the ancient Egyptians, we don’t find much at all sub-Saharan African ancestry,” Krause told CBC News. “They look very Near Eastern and have almost zero sub-Saharan African ancestry.” This, Krause said, illustrates that ancient Egyptians were more closely related to Europeans than they are to modern-day Egyptians. The study revealed that the African influence on Egyptians is relatively recent, entering into the gene pool after Roman times.
TRUTH BOMBS: What you mean the Bible is historically accurate too!! WOW what a concept [sarcasm]
ARTICLE: A new archaeological discovery in Israel revealed that the biblical King Hezekiah really did destroy pagan idols, consistent with the Bible’s account.
TRUTH BOMBS: What? A discovery about an ancient people that we only knew about because of the Bible now reassured as being real through scientific discovery? Wow it is almost as if the Bible is a historically accurate document delivering true accounts. Wait that goes against the atheistic thinking of the modern pagan world [sarcasm]. When will we discover enough to simply trust the Word of God?
Archaeologists working on excavations in the capital of the former Hittite Empire in Alacahöyük, Turkey, have discovered a secret 2,300-year-old “potern” tunnel, Hurriyet Daily News reports.
“This tunnel is a big discovery in terms of Hittite architecture,” said Aykut Çınaroglu, the head of excavations. “I never thought I would find a potern, but I did.”
The secret tunnel stretches about 75 feet, but the archaeologists believe it is even longer. “We will see what we will find in the end. Poterns were placed under the castle, extending into the city. We have previously found a cuneiform tablet here, featuring a king who explains to priests what to do during ceremonies. This secret tunnel might have had a sacred function,” Çınaroglu said.
Archaeologists will focus on the tunnel during the upcoming season, and in doing so hope to learn more about the Bronze Age and Hatti era, which came 350 to 400 years before the Hittites. “We have so far excavated in very limited areas, but we will try to progress and reach this age with more scientific methods,” Çınaroglu said. Jeva Lange
TRUTH BOMBS: I recently did a full study on this topic of evidence for the accuracy of the scriptures. I will need to add this one.
ARTICLE: If you want an accurate picture of life in the first century AD, archaeology shows us that you can’t do much better than the book of Acts.Acts 19 starts with Paul leaving Apollos in charge of the church in Corinth while he continues his missionary journey. It ends with Paul’s encounter with an angry mob.And, as a recent article in Biblical Archaeological Review tells us, it’s a very reliable depiction of life in the Roman world.Upon his arrival in Ephesus, Paul meets some believers whose instruction was incomplete. He teaches them about the Holy Spirit and baptizes them in the name of the Lord Jesus. But then things get interesting.Paul’s message offends both the Jewish and Gentile establishments in what was either the second or third largest city in the Roman Empire. The response of some people in the synagogue was the usual: obstinacy, disbelief, and disparagement.But for the Gentiles, the problem was literally closer to home: their pocketbooks. What Acts calls “a serious disturbance” broke out when a silversmith named Demetrius told his fellow silversmiths that Paul’s monotheism was bad for business.To understand why, it helps to understand what made Ephesus famous: a shrine to Artemis, also known as “Diana,” the goddess associated with, among other things, childbirth, children, virginity and the hunt.Actually calling the temple to Artemis in Ephesus a “shrine” is a gross understatement. The temple was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. At 425 feet long by 200 feet wide, it was four times the size of the Parthenon. The structure was held by 127 columns that were 60 feet tall and 7 feet in diameter.That meant anything—including Paul and his gospel of the risen Jesus—calling into question the cult of Artemis not only threatened their livelihood, it also threatened Ephesus’s stature within the Empire.So the good people of Ephesus rioted, yelling “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians.”As the article shows, the account of Paul’s adventures in Ephesus is filled with details that demonstrate intimate knowledge about Ephesus and its way of life. For instance, the reference to silversmiths. In 1984, a monument was discovered that corroborated Luke’s account of their prominence in Ephesus. The inscription stated that the monument had been paid for by the silversmiths and called their city the “greatest metropolis of Asia, [and] the thrice-honored temple guardian of the venerable Ephesians.”In others words, theirs was a status quo worth rioting to preserve. Note that both the inscription and Acts 19 uses the same Greek word, neokoros, “guardian,” in describing Ephesus’s relationship to the temple cult.Then there’s the seemingly-obscure reference to “the great Artemis and of her image that fell from the sky.” As Biblical Archaeological Review tells readers, “The origin of Ephesian Artemis is traditionally associated with a meteorite that was worshiped in early Ephesus.”As the article concludes, “Luke knew what he was talking about in recording the riot in the theater. His claim at the outset of the two-part work (Luke and Acts) to have ‘investigated everything accurately and reported them orderly’ is substantiated in Acts 19.”As the brilliant comic actor Kenneth Mars said in Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein, “A riot is an ugly thing.” But a riot that substantiates the historicity of the Acts of the Apostles? Well, that’s a beautiful thing.
There are times that I am greatly reassured that these are the last days before the coming of the Lord. Many so called “Christians” are allowing their foundational doctrines to be eroded right out from under them without so much as a reasonable discussion. One of the doctrines is the doctrine of inerrancy. From professors to evangelist everywhere, churches are deciding that this is not a doctrine worth fighting for. All to many Christians are unprepared to logically reprove the unbelievers arguments on this doctrine. One such argument recently came across my email:
“A common saying of Jesus that inerrantists will use to support their position is found in Matthew 5:17-18. We shall see why this is problematic. In Matthew Jesus allegedly says the following:
‘Do not imagine that I have come to do away with the law or the prophets. I have come not to do away with them, but to fulfil them. I meant it when I say that, until heaven and earth disappear, not one letter, not even one stroke of a letter, will disappear from the law, until everything is accomplished.’
There are three things to say in response to the inerrantist’s use of this text. First, the reasoning behind the inerrantist’s use of it is circular. In other words, the only reason they are able to claim that these verses represent “Jesus’ teaching” on scripture’s inerrancy is because they already presuppose that the Gospel of Matthew is giving an inerrant record of Jesus’ words. In other words, inerrancy is supported by the assumption of inerrancy.”
The claim is that the inerrant believer is using circular reasoning for the authority of the Bible. In other words, the Bible says it will exist perfectly forever, so it must exist forever. Or rather the Bible is the Word of God because it says it is the word of God. Church, please wake up! This is not circular reasoning! Just because a “bible agnostic” says something is circular reasoning does not mean it is. Circular reasoning (or begging the question) only applies to an arbitrary foundational principle.
What this means is this:
It does not matter who you are or where you live, 1+1=2 everywhere to everyone. This is an absolute and non-arbitrary principle. It is not circular reasoning to say “1+1=2 because if you take 1 and add another 1 you get 2.” This is a self-attesting standard. You must use the equation to prove the equation but that is not circular reasoning. If God were to speak down from heaven and say “The Bible is my word!”, that is still using God’s Word to prove God’s Word. Anything that you can use to prove God’s Word, other than God’s word is an arbitrary standard. It must come from God for the claim to be self-attesting.
The non believing errorist already believes that the Bible is not a self-attesting standard. They make a presupposition about the nature of God before even reviewing God’s Word.
They presume that God would not preserve His infallible Word and they presuppose that God would not keep his promise to preserve it. Well if God can’t do that, then how can he be God?
Just think on this:
Is the Bible the inerrant Word of God? If you say yes, then you can trust what the Bible says. If you answered no, you cannot trust any part of the Bible for any teaching at all and you make God a liar because He promised to preserve His Word.
Now, if you believe that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God, show it to me. Not all “bibles” are created equal!
“He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil; He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure.” – Isaiah 33:15-16 (KJV)
Many Christians today almost feel guilty when they try to remove sin from their lives as through it is wrong in some sense to separate from the other sinners in the world and have nothing in common with them.
This is flawed thinking. Consider the verse above from the prophet Isaiah, he makes it clear that if you are to survive the tribulations ahead, then separation from the sinners of the world is necessary.
-Stay Biblical My Friends