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Copper Smelting Site from the Time of King David

A gatehouse has been uncovered during recent excavations at an ancient mining camp in southern Israel. The building dates back to the 10th century B.C. and includes donkey stables. The gatehouse was unearthed at a hilltop archaeological site in the Timna Valley known...

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Valley of David and Goliath? – Part 2

All these artifacts, gathered over seven seasons of excavation pointed archaeologists towards a city built by King David. As one of the archaeologists noted, the moment that Khirbet Qeiyafa was discovered, it was no longer a myth. Tradition doesn’t come out of thin air. Does additional evidence affirm this?

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Valley of David and Goliath? – Part 1

The archaeological site, Khirbet Qeiyafa has been the center of continued debate. Are these the ruins of a palace built by King David? Or might they be a Philistine or Canaanite fortress? It could be very easy to allow a singular piece of evidence direct the conversation. However, keeping an open mind and reviewing all available evidence often makes a stronger case for where the evidence is pointing.

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Ancient Engravings Discovered by Hikers Confirms Judeo-Christian Timeline

It was in one of these cisterns that three members of the Israel Caving Club; Mickel Barkal, Sefi Givoni, and Ido Meroz, made a unique discovery. They had heard that the lowland caves region of South-Central Israel were quite beautiful. Meroz stated of their exploration, “We began to peer into them, and that’s how we came to this cave, which is extremely impressive with rock-carved niches and engravings on the wall.”

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New Discoveries Indicate Hebrew was World’s Oldest Alphabet – Part 3

In this conclusion of a three-part series, we will look at perhaps the most profound and controversial interpretation proposed by Dr. Douglas Petrovich, and the debate that followed his announcements. As seen in Parts 1 and 2, Petrovich has proposed that there is now sufficient evidence to establish Hebrew as the world’s oldest alphabet…allowing the possibility that Moses actually was the author of the earliest writings in the Bible in the eyes of academia.

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New Discoveries Indicate Hebrew was World’s Oldest Alphabet – Part 2

Petrovich continued, “My discoveries are so controversial because if correct, they will rewrite the history books and undermine much of the assumptions and misconceptions about the ancient Hebrew people and the Bible that have become commonly accepted in the scholarly world and taught as factual in the world’s leading universities.”

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New Discoveries Indicate Hebrew was World’s Oldest Alphabet – Part 1

Remarkable new evidence discovered by Dr. Douglas Petrovich may change how the world understands the origins of the alphabet and who first wrote the Bible. As to be expected, his controversial proposals have ignited contentious debate. In this first of a two-part series, the background and importance of this issue will be explored before some of the specifics of the new finds and the pushback from other scholars is covered in part two.

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Oldest Known 10 Commandments Tablet Sold at Auction

”The tablet was found and recovered during an excavation for a railroad line near the modern city of Yavneh in Western Israel. After its discovery in 1913, it was used as a paving stone in a private courtyard, which subsequently may have caused the wearing on the surface. According to David Michaels, Director of Ancient Coins for Heritage Auctions, “The workmen who found it did not recognize its importance and either sold or gave it to a local Arab man…”

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New Egyptian City Reveals There’s Much to Learn

Archaeologists have recently unearthed an ancient Egyptian city that was previously unknown. Located in the Upper Egyptian province of Sohag; the city was found alongside a nearby cemetery. It lies by the Nile river, close to the Temple of Seti the First in Abydos.

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Reference to Jerusalem: Ancient Papyrus Predates Dead Sea Scrolls

A 2,700 year old papyrus, from the First Temple period in the seventh century BC, has been recovered from antiquities robbers by the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) and predates the earliest Dead Sea Scrolls by centuries. It contains “the earliest extra-biblical source to mention Jerusalem in Hebrew writing”, the IAA said.

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Toilet at a Holy Site; Evidence of King Hezekiah’s War on Idolatry?

However, further proof of the account in II Kings was found in the discovery of a toilet placed in the corner of the room. The stone, fashioned in the shape of a chair with a hole cut in the center has been identified in archaeological research as a toilet. Installing a latrine would have been considered sacrilegious and soiled the religious location. In the case of Jehu destroying the cult of Ba’al in Samaria, the bible states: “And they demolished the pillar of Ba’al, and they demolished the house of Ba’al, and made it a latrine to this day.” (2 Kings 10:27)

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Magnificent Flooring From Jerusalem’s Second Temple Unearthed

Amazing new discoveries at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount are providing evidence of the Second Temple from the time of King Herod. “This represents the first time that we can see with our own eyes the splendor of the flooring that decorated the Second Temple and its annexes 2,000 years ago” said Dr. Gabriel Barkay.

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Unlocking the Secrets of the Philistines with New Cemetery Discovery

The discovery of a large Philistine cemetery is making waves across the field of archaeology. The graves may hold clues to help finally settle the debate over the origins of the Philistines. But might this new find hold answers to the greater issue of dating the Exodus, Conquest and the timeline of the ancient world?

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Millennials Talk Faith and Reason

This week we continue our series of videos talking with millennials about the Bible, faith and evidence. This second video focuses on faith and reason. While these two concepts are often seen as incompatible…

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