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12 Tribes of Israel on a Seal from Egypt?

12 Tribes of Israel on a Seal from Egypt?

Then Jacob called his sons and said, “Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you what shall happen to you in days to come – Genesis 49:1 (ESV) Steve Law | Patterns of Evidence Last week’s Thinker Update showed how archaeological evidence for worship of foreign gods and idols among ancient Israelites actually fits the picture painted by the Bible This week’s update will apply that reality to cover an intriguing interpretation of an impression made by a cylinder seal found at Avaris Could the symbols found on this seal be evidence that it belonged to Joseph’s family during their time in Egypt Read More

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God’s Wife? – Idol Worship In Ancient Israel

God’s Wife? – Idol Worship In Ancient Israel

The Golden Calf by James Tissot (public domain – from Wikimedia Commons) Steve Law | Patterns of Evidence The people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Baals and the Ashtaroth, the gods of Syria, the gods of Sidon, the gods of Moab, the gods of the Ammonites, and the gods of the Philistines And they forsook the LORD and did not serve him – Judges 10:6 (ESV) Archaeological evidence of idol worship from the area of ancient Israel in recent years continues to give us better understandings of folk religion during Israel’s early history In some circles, these finds are being used for claims that the biblical account is unreliable and does not fit real historyBut this begs the question, does this evidence really contradict what the Bible says about idol worship among the Israelites Read More

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From Adam to Abraham: An Update on the Genesis 5 and 11 Research Project: Dec. 16, 2017

From Adam to Abraham: An Update on the Genesis 5 and 11 Research Project: Dec. 16, 2017

Henry B Smith Jr MA MAR EXCERPT   The goal of this article is to update the ABR community of supporters and other interested readers on the present state of the Genesis 5 and 11 Research Project The project officially began in 2016 (with its unofficial roots extending back to 2010) The research has produced substantial fruit, and as a result, ABR is pleased to announce plans to publish our first book, tentatively titled, "From Adam to Abraham: The Case for the Septuagint’s Chronology in Genesis 5 and 11" This update will survey the goals of the project, describe new developments and the present direction of our research, answer some questions we have received about Genesis 5 and 11 from supporters, and briefly outline plans for publication(s) Read More

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The Bible as a Tool in Archaeology

The Bible as a Tool in Archaeology

  Joel Kramer | Associates for Biblical Research From Apr 23, 2015 The "Archaeology" in the title is what you would expect, the study of the physical remains that ancient people have left behind The "Biblical" part of the name, however, doesn't mean adhering to the teachings of the Bible, but rather using the Bible as the main ancient text from this part of the world--the "Biblical" lands Biblical Archaeology = doing Archaeology in the lands referred to in the Bible Read More

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Secrets of the Bible: The Fall of Jericho with Dr. Bryant Wood

Secrets of the Bible: The Fall of Jericho with Dr. Bryant Wood

Dr Bryant Wood |  Associates for Biblical Research The battle of Jericho is one of the bloodiest episodes of the Old Testament It’s a fantastic tale of victory through faith but is there any truth behind story Archaeologist, Dr Bryant Wood, believes the physical evidence indicates the biblical account is true In the biblical version of events, Joshua and his men lay siege on the fortified city for seven days On the seventh day, they blow their trumpets and its walls come crashing down The Israelites raze the city, killing every man, woman, and child Read More

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Gates of Biblical City Unearthed – Site of Jesus’ Miracle of Feeding 5000

Gates of Biblical City Unearthed – Site of Jesus’ Miracle of Feeding 5000

Steve Law | Patterns of Evidence The city gate at Bethsaida/Zer, Israel Courtesy of The International Studies and Programs | Bethsaida Excavations Project And they came to Bethsaida And some people brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him – Mark 8:22 (ESV) Local authorities in Israel’s northern Golan Heights region reported a major find by archaeologists in recent weeks The entrance gate of a large fortified city just north of the Sea of Galilee has been excavated, leading some to claim it is additional evidence supporting the site being Bethsaida, the city of three of Jesus’ disciples and associated with his famous miracle of the loaves and fishes The early phase of the city may also have an intriguing connection to the Bible’s King David, who reigned around 1000 BC Read More