Middle East: Biblical Archeology Find
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Artifacts from Iron Age fortress confirm Old Testament dates of Edomite kingdom

By MICHAEL VALPY
Globe and Mail
Tuesday, January 25, 2005 - Page A3


Canadian archeologist Russell Adams's interest is in Bronze Age and Iron Age copper production. He never intended to walk into archeology's vicious debate over the historical accuracy of the Old Testament -- a conflict likened by one historian to a pack of feral canines at each other's throats.

Yet by coincidence, Prof. Adams of Hamilton's McMaster University says, he and an international team of colleagues fit into place a significant piece of the puzzle of human history in the Middle East -- unearthing information that points to the existence of the Bible's vilified Kingdom of Edom at precisely the time the Bible says it existed, and contradicting widespread academic belief that it did not come into being until 200 years later.


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That is really neat!
An O.B.server
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Brilliant. In amongst all the nonsense is something factual. There are many factual items in the Bible. Then again, there are many factual items in an average James Bond book. Still, 3000 years from now followers of Sean Connery and Roger Moore may be fighting it out about who is the one true god.
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Athirat,

Your point would be...? Confusedleep:
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No, he's not safe, but he's good."
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One has to remember that the bible was meant to teach a faith, not be a history. Like a soviet history of WW II, the things mentioned happened but there was a lot of stuff left out.
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inked Wrote:Athirat,

Your point would be...? Confusedleep:

Clearly beyond you it seems......


.....that finding something factual in the bible does not mean that everything in there is fact.
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Easy now guys, don't let this erupt into a flame war. The issue of archaeology and the Bible and "truth" is a hot one for academics and one I highly doubt we'll reach a consensus on...

Anyway, discuss and debate away, but let's keep the flames and jibes to a minimum.

best, MEH (your very quiet moderator)
Mark Hall
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Several Biblical books are indeed intended to be "history", and verifying their historical accuracy is as important to science as it is to the non-scientific groups that place their place by the Biblical teachings.

The Old Testament is one of the few written records we have for that area and that period of time. It offers a unique perspective among those written records. Its value to science should not be underscored.
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