Archeology again appears to back up biblical account
Thursday, July 26, 2012 | Written by Ryan Jones (See more of his work here)
Israeli archeologists digging at the site of an ancient Canaanite capital in the Galilee region believe they have found further evidence that the biblical account of Israel’s presence in the land is accurate.
Tel Hazor is one of the most prominent archeological sites in the country today, and with good reason. The ancient city of Hazor was for nearly one thousand years the largest fortified city in Canaan prior to the arrival of the Children of Israel in roughly 1300 BC.
Israeli researchers have managed to uncover a great deal of ancient Hazor, and in recent years unearthed what they believe to be the royal palace from the time of the Israelite conquest. More recently, archeologists discovered a room in that palace that contained 14 clay jugs filled with burnt wheat.
Dating on the jugs put the time of their destruction right around 1300 BC, and the fact that the wheat was burned lines up perfectly with the biblical account of Joshua’s conquest of Hazor, the only Canaanite city that the Israelites destroyed by fire.
Not all archeologists agree with this assessment, and some continue to insist that Hazor was destroyed by the Egyptians or various sea-faring tribes like the Philistines. However, the Egyptians kept detailed records of the cities they conquered, and Hazor does not appear on any of their lists. Nor did the Philistines and other “Sea Peoples” typically venture too far inland, and Hazor is situated in mountainous terrain a long distance from the coast.
As such, most archeologists have come to accept that Hazor was destroyed by the Israelites, lending a great deal of legitimacy to the biblical record. And new discoveries only seem to be further bolstering that position.
1And it came to pass, when Jabin king of Hazor had heard those things, that he sent to Jobab king of Madon, and to the king of Shimron, and to the king of Achshaph,
2And to the kings that were on the north of the mountains, and of the plains south of Chinneroth, and in the valley, and in the borders of Dor on the west,
3And to the Canaanite on the east and on the west, and to the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Jebusite in the mountains, and to the Hivite under Hermon in the land of Mizpeh.
4And they went out, they and all their hosts with them, much people, even as the sand that is upon the sea shore in multitude, with horses and chariots very many.
5And when all these kings were met together, they came and pitched together at the waters of Merom, to fight against Israel.
6And the LORD said unto Joshua, Be not afraid because of them: for tomorrow about this time will I deliver them up all slain before Israel: thou shalt hough their horses, and burn their chariots with fire.
7So Joshua came, and all the people of war with him, against them by the waters of Merom suddenly; and they fell upon them.
8And the LORD delivered them into the hand of Israel, who smote them, and chased them unto great Zidon, and unto Misrephothmaim, and unto the valley of Mizpeh eastward; and they smote them, until they left them none remaining.
9And Joshua did unto them as the LORD bade him: he houghed their horses, and burnt their chariots with fire.
10And Joshua at that time turned back, and took Hazor, and smote the king thereof with the sword: for Hazor beforetime was the head of all those kingdoms.
11And they smote all the souls that were therein with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying them: there was not any left to breathe: and he burnt Hazor with fire.
Archeology and science have served to confirm, rather than refute Bible facts over the years.
Other examples truths established in the Bible long before mankind and science discovered them:
- The Earth is round, not flat (Isaiah 40:22).
- Circulation route of winds in the atmosphere (Ecclesiastes 1:6).
- Field of Gravity (Job 26:7).
- Biological importance of blood to life (Leviticus 17:11).
- Earth suspended in space (Job 26:7)
- Earth is one of many planets (Hebrews 1:2 & 11:3)
Despite the fact that men have hated and opposed the Bible for thousands of years, God made His Word indestructible. Diocletian had it burned in 303 AD, the church forbade anyone but the clergy to read and interpret it during the Reformation, Church authorities forbade the use of Tyndale’s translation of the New Testament in England in 1543 and bought, confiscated or burned all but 2 copies. Voltaire (famous French atheist) vowed to destroy Christianity but 20 years after his death the Geneva Bible Society bought Voltaire’s house and used it for a warehouse for storage of their Bibles. They even used his printing presses, which once printed his atheistic writings, to print new copies of the Bible. Psalms 119:89 says “Forever O Lord, th word is settled in Heaven. Isaiah 40:8 says “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth; but the word of our God shall stand forever*.
Dr. Nelson Glueck, perhaps the utmost modern authority on Israeli archeology,
said: “No archeological discovery has ever controverted a Biblical reference.
Scores of archeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline
or in exact detail historical statements in the Bible. And, by the same token,
proper evaluation of Biblical descriptions has often led to amazing
*(Old Testament Bible History, Pastor H. Richard Hester 2005).