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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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Millennials Talk Bible, History, and Faith

This week we begin a new series of videos talking with millennials about the Bible, faith and evidence. This first video focuses on the importance of the history in the Bible being true, that the events really happened to real people in real settings.

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New Archeological Discoveries About to Hit Overdrive

The field of archaeology is about to experience a revolution. In the past few years new discoveries from the ancient world have been pouring in. Amazingly, the rate of discovery is actually increasing rapidly as new technologies open up possibilities never before dreamed of.

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Searching for The Lost Sea of the Exodus

What sea did the Israelites cross during the Exodus? That is a question that has been debated for centuries. The majority of scholars today favor a crossing through one of the marsh lakes near the edge of the Nile Delta. However, another view puts the crossing in an entirely different region.

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