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Patterns of Evidence – Jordan and The Next Chapter

As you might have guessed, many scholars don’t believe that Moses existed or that he could have written the early books of the Bible. But in this new series we will introduce you to scholars who have found evidence that Moses could have known history’s earliest alphabet, which he used to write the Torah. Other parts of the story that are challenged by skeptics include the claim that no evidence for huge numbers of Israelites wandering in the desert or staying at Mount Sinai has ever been found.

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New Pyramid Discovery: Evidence for the Exodus?

A new pyramid was found near the royal necropolis that was used during both the Old and Middle Kingdoms of Egypt. This area also contains the famous Bent Pyramid (named for its construction style) and the Red Pyramid, which were built during the reign of the Old Kingdom’s Pharaoh Sneferu. While researchers are not yet sure who is buried in the pyramid; other pyramids in Dahshur have contained remains of high-ranking courtiers

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Are Taxes Only a Modern Burden?

One might be tempted to think of taxes as a modern phenomena, but actually there is a deep history of collecting taxes throughout the ancient world. This has even been evidenced in Judah during the first Temple period by the remarkable discovery in recent years of more than 50 “fiscal bullae” or seals related to commerce and taxation.

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ISIS Demolition of Jonah Shrine Reveals Biblical King’s Palace

In a remarkable turn of events, the destruction by ISIS (and the tunnels they dug beneath the ruins) have actually worked to reveal the previously undiscovered palace of Nineveh, and evidence of its kings mentioned in the Bible. The mosque that was destroyed in 2014 is also believed by many to be the location of the prophet Jonah’s tomb.

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Cairo Statue Not likely to be Ramesses II

When we report on current events, we run the risk of reporting premature conclusions. We are sharing only what we know so far, and as more evidence is uncovered, a better understanding of the facts may be reached. Last week we shared some news about an exciting discovery. A colossal 26-foot statue was recovered from the mud in Cairo. What was especially exciting was that archaeologists at the site believed it to be a statue of the famous Pharaoh Ramesses II. However, after more of the statue was excavated and examined, it was determined that their original theory was wrong.

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Enormous statue of Ramesses II Found! Further Evidence of Exodus Timing?

A massive quartzite statue of what is likely the Egyptian ruler, Ramesses II was discovered in the modern city of Cairo, which was built over the ancient city of Heliopolis. The surprising discovery was made by archaeologists from Egypt and Germany. The dig had begun in 2012 and was almost finished. They thought the pit would be empty, but instead an amazing discovery was made!

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Can Sheep Provide Evidence for the Bible?

Evidence doesn’t always come out of the ground or from an ancient building. Sometimes it can be seen in creation and living things around us; like a particular breed of sheep. Jacob sheep look quite different than the image that comes to mind for most people when they hear the word “sheep.” More than likely, what comes to mind is a group of plump animals bleating on the hillside of a green English pasture, with solid white coats.

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The Roman Armies breached the walls of Jerusalem

Archaeologists have found remnants of a wall, believed to be the Third Wall of Jerusalem. This physical evidence likely puts to rest the debate about its location and gives additional insight to “The Fall of Jerusalem,” which occurred in AD 70 when Roman armies dug a trench and besieged the city.

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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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