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Believe: Archaeology – Mon – 21-05-31

Have you watched an old western? You know, a film with cowboys and gun fights. Remember how you can always tell who the hero is because he wears a white hat. The villains wear black hats.

When we look at the stories in the Bible, we don’t have the color of hats to sort out the bad guys. But we look at their actions, and it becomes obvious. One of the villains was a man named Herod the Great. According to the Bible, he slaughtered all the male babies two years old or younger around Bethlehem following the birth of Jesus.

But is the Bible true? Did Herod live and was he king at the time of Jesus’ birth? Archaeology provides evidence that Herod is a historical figure. He was a great builder. He expanded the temple in Jerusalem and built a port and palace on the Mediterranean at Caesarea. One of his palaces, and his tomb has been discovered near Bethlehem. He also created a fortress called Masada in the desert on top of a mountain plateau. There an inscription has been found bearing the king’s name and his full title. It was found on the remains of a 20-gallon wine jug. It reads, “Herod, King of Judea.”*

Not every detail in the Bible has been confirmed by archaeology, but a vast number have been confirmed and discoveries are on-going. You can trust the Bible!

*Sebastian Kettley, “Archaeology news: 2,000-year-old inscription proves evil King Herod ‘was real’ – claim,” Daily Express, April 26, 2021, https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/archaeology-news-2000-year-old-inscription-proves-evil-king-herod-was-real-claim/ar-BB1g3gXx.

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Believe: Archaeology – Sun 21-02-28

This week we will highlight evidence to believe in God and the Bible. Up first is an article published February 3rd on Express.co.uk. In it, Sebastian Kettley reports on archeological discoveries that identify the possible site of the ancient Israelite tabernacle at Shiloh, north of Jerusalem. The tabernacle, also called the tent of meeting,  was a tent surrounded by a curtained courtyard. It served as the center of worship for the ancient Israelites before the temple was built in Jerusalem. It is mentioned in several books of the Bible, including Exodus and Joshua. Joshua 18:1 mentions that the tabernacle was set up at Shiloh. This occurred approximately 1400 B.C.

What was found? Archeologists discovered cavities chipped into a flat rocky area. These cavities appear to align with the description of how wooden posts were placed to form the Tabernacle fence. Earlier excavations in the area also found large amounts of animal bones from the right side of the animals. This corresponds to the priests’ portion of sacrifices at the Tabernacle.

Once again, archeology provides validation for the historical events recorded in the Bible — events that happened over 3,000 years ago. This reassures me about the accuracy of the Bible. I hope it reassures you as well.

Sebastian Kettley, “Archaeology clues lead to site of Israel’s Tabernacle ‘where God dwelt among people’”, Daily Express, Wednesday, February 3, 2021, https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1391324/archaeology-news-israel-tabernacle-location-shiloh-evg

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