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“I Would Believe the Bible if it was Historical”
In Defense of the Faith
Thursday, December 03, 2015
J.L. Robb

One of the talking points I hear from folk who truly believe that the Bible is a book of fairytales, like a friend in England, and God is a myth and does not rate an upper case G, is that the Bible is not historical

Really? When the last Christian leaves England, please turn off the light.

Consider this:

-April, 2009, according to the Winnipeg Free Press, a group of Canadian archeologists discovered the 3,000 year old temple at Calno, about 180 miles north of Damascus. Calno is mentioned by Isaiah.

 -September, 2009, a group of Egyptian archeologists announced the discovery of a cache of coins from the time of the pharaohs. This was an interesting find because historians believed that ancient Egypt was not familiar with coins and thrived economically via barter. The Quran stated otherwise, that ancient Egypt did have a coin-based economy.

What made this discovery extraordinary was the image that appeared on some of the coins: Joseph, the son of Jacob. Biblically, Jacob is the beginning of the children of Israel; and his name was changed to Israel. Jewish historians date the death of Joseph as 1450 B.C.

This discovery is some pretty strong evidence of the Bible’s historicity.

-May, 2012, the Israeli Antiquities Authority announced that Israeli archeologists discovered a 2,700 year old clay seal with an inscription of Bethlehem. This is believed the oldest artifact ever discovered that mentions the town where Jesus was born.

According to the report: The tiny clay seal's existence and age provide vivid evidence that Bethlehem was not just the name of a fabled biblical town, but also a bustling place of trade linked to the nearby city of Jerusalem, archeologists said.

-May, 2012, Israeli archeologists digging in a drainage ditch close to the Temple Mount discovered a building from the time of the first Temple. While sifting for clues, a tiny, personal seal from the same era was discovered. According to the report:

"The name Matanyahu, like the name Netanyahu, means giving to God. These names are mentioned several times in the Bible. They are typical of the names in the Kingdom of Judah in latter part of the First Temple period - from the end of the eighth century BCE until the destruction of the Temple in 586 BCE. To find a seal from the First Temple period at the foot of the Temple Mount walls is rare and very exciting. This is a tangible greeting of sorts from a man named Matanyahu who lived here more than 2,700 years ago. We also found pottery sherds characteristic of the period on the floor in the ancient building beneath the base of the drainage channel, as well as stone  collapse and evidence of a fire."

-January, 2013, a clay pot was discovered near Shiloh, the really ancient Israeli capital, before the City of David. Tel Shiloh is revered for many reasons, one of which: That is where the Holy Sanctuary was located. The Holy Sanctuary was Israel’s holiest place until Solomon built the First Temple. You may have heard about it in the Indiana Jones movie about the lost Ark. Shiloh is mentioned in the biblical Book of Joshua as the location of the Holy Sanctuary. It is also mentioned in the Book of Samuel.

-September, 2015, enter Matvei Tcepliaev, a Russian tourist. A young boy, 8-10 years old, depending on which report is read, had this to say according to ynetnews.com:

"When my family and I visited Israel, we went on a trip to Jerusalem," recounts Tcepliaev, "there were many interesting things but the most meaningful experience was the visit to the archaeological sifting. They explained to us what to do and we started working. After a while I found something hard, it was an old seal. I was really happy and I ran to the man in charge of the excavations to show him, he told me it was very old and it needed to be analyzed. It was a very joyous discovery."

A joyous discovery. I would say.

It would be the envy of any archeologist; and here, a kid found it, a 3,000 year old seal from the time of the First Temple. Of course, Islam would have us believe that the First Temple was a fairytale; and to the unbeliever, it is all fairytales. How surprised they will be. It’s sad.

-December 2, 2015, headline in Jerusalem Post: First ever seal impression of an Israelite or Judean king exposed near Temple Mount.

King Hezekiah was not a myth.

This is a huge find and should be absolute proof to even the most ardent doubters in the accuracy of Bible history, but of course it will not. The doubters would not believe DNA, it is not in their genes. Show me proof, they scream; so here it is. I hear the blinders coming out now.

Here are some specifics of this newly reported find:

-The Israel Antiquities Authority has reported that an object discovered in 2009 but only recently deciphered is the personal seal of King Hezekiah. According to the bible, Hezekiah was the 13th King of Judah, a kingdom of only two of the original twelve tribes of Israel. He reigned as king when his brothers to the north, the other ten tribes of Israel, disappeared as a result of the Assyrian invasion of 720 B.C.  Sound familiar?

-The impression in the seal said this: “Belonging to Hezekiah [son] of Ahaz king of Judah”

-The seal was found in a refuse dump dating to the time of King Hezekiah.

Is the Bible historical? Present this to an unbeliever and see what they think, because to them, King Hezekiah was/is just a fairytale.

Back to the question I posed earlier,

I know there are still Christians in England because many are buying my book series about the last days, mostly eBooks. Christians are, unfortunately, dwindling rapidly in England and the rest of Europe. The United States is following closely in our Constitution-destroying obsession toward Europeanization.

The Bible says that God rules the universe, and the devil rules the earth. Seems true. There are just too many strange things going on. But for those who need proof, like I did?

The proof is in the archeology pudding.

About J.L. Robb

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