Reasons to Believe – Sun – 22-07-10

Have you ever played the board game Monopoly? I remember playing as a child. I always wanted the race car as my board piece. Games could take hours. Sometimes we played by the short game rules. At other times, we just played with the Monopoly money. As a parent, I also played the game with my children, although Carrom was their favorite game. Board games have been around for a long time. New ones are also invented. In the past couple of years I learned to play Catan.

Did you know that archaeologists have uncovered different board games from ancient Canaan? Gath, the hometown of Goliath the giant killed by David, is the site where scholars from Bar-Ilan University and the University of Manitoba uncovered remains of board games. One is called “30 Houses.”* Do you suppose it was similar to Monopoly?

Although finding ancient board game pieces is interesting, does it really matter? What difference does it make for faith in God? Well, the pieces are not the important thing, but where they were found is. Tell es-Safi has been identified as the location of the ancient city of Gath. Many aspects of ancient life have been confirmed, such as a diet consisting of figs, olives, wheat, barley and grapes.* Archaeology has repeatedly confirmed details of the bible’s story. It presents many reasons why you can trust what the bible says.

*”Monopoly-like board games were part of life in Goliath’s birthplace – study,” The Jerusalem Post, May 22, 2022,        

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