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Once again, a little digging in the Holy Land has unearthed a major find, and another confirmation of biblical history.
Since the nineteenth century, history has been regarded as an enemy of the Bible. For nearly two centuries, biblical scholars, taking their cues from F.C. Baur, the founder of what came to be known as the “Tübingen School,” proceeded from the assumption that, while the biblical texts said a great deal about what their authors believed, there was very little history, as we understand the term, contained therein.
Reasoning - Figures - David - Solomon - Chieftains
According to this “reasoning,” figures such as David and Solomon were, at best, minor chieftains, if they existed at all. Then, in 1994, an inscribed stone known as a “stele,” was found near Tel Dan in Northern Israel. Dating from the ninth century before Christ, it refers to the “House of David.” It was erected to celebrate the victory of the Aramean king (most likely Hazael) over the forces of Israel. In 1 Kings 19, by the way, God had Elijah anoint Hazael king of Aram.
So, now historians had to admit that David was real and that he had founded a dynasty. So, what else might be real? As it turns out, quite a lot. John Stonestreet and I have told you about many other examples, such as evidence of the extent of Solomon’s reign, seals belonging to King Hezekiah, a latrine built to desecrate a pagan shrine, and even possible evidence of Naboth’s vineyard.
Example - Seals - Israeli - Newspaper - Haaretz
The latest example also involves seals. According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, archaeologists recently announced that they had found “A fantastically preserved seal impression made by the biblical Governor of Jerusalem. The seal dates from the 7th Century BC, which puts it during the reign of king Josiah.
As it so happens, the Old Testament contains two references to the Governor...
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