They are digging up Bible stories!
Our approach at this archeology website:
We take the Bible as the inerrant, inspired word of our creator. It is the only 100 % accurate record of history and the key to unlocking all archeological mysteries.
We accept the witness of history, but history was rejected when it contradicted the Bible. We accept the witness of genuine and valid science of archeology.
We support archeology and archeologists. However when the personal opinions of archeologists conflict with the Bible, we reject archeology. For example, most archeologists do not believe man learned to farm or herd domesticated flocks of sheep until about 1000 BC, yet the Bible says that the children of Adam and Eve did both. Cain was a farmer of grain and Able was a shepherd of sheep. "Abel was a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a tiller of the ground." (Gen 4:2) Enoch, the son of Cain, built a city! (Gen 4:17) This notion that there was a time when man was so primitive he was merely a "hunter gatherer" roaming the earth with clubs and sleeping where ever he was when the sun set, comes strait from Darwinian evolution and is false. The false idea of the "iron age" versus the "Bronze age" is destroyed when you consider that men before the flood began forging both bronze and Iron at the same time: "Tubal-cain was the forger of all implements of bronze and iron." (Genesis 4:22). We also find men before the flood invented and played "modern" instruments like the lyre and the flute: "Jubal was the father of all those who play the lyre and pipe." (Gen 4:21). This is all dismissed as false by most archeologists. So lets not overlook the fact that Noah built a huge boat 450 feet long with three decks. The ratio of dimensions of the ark were 30 to 5 to 3. This ratio has been demonstrated by modern science to be the perfect ratio for stability, (but not for speed) on water. In fact, the ark is the largest boat ever constructed in history down to a 150 years ago. Archeologists may dismiss the Ark as a myth, but they cannot explain this perfect ratio. We can: It came from God! We never find any conflict with the facts of archeology and the Bible. We accept the discovery of a buried village in an ancient tel, or bones or tools are pottery or writings. It is the interpretation or opinions of the very archeologists who sometimes invent some rather wild theories that we reject. The problem is not between the facts of archeology and the Bible, but the opinions and theories of archeologists that contradict the Bible.
Many archeologists suffer from a disease called, "Hittitus".
The purpose of this website, is to offer for free, a unique, Bible based view of archeology.
We have created a set of updated Bible maps that are internally consistent and are in perfect harmony with scripture with a view to the latest that modern archeology has to offer. Almost all Bible maps today are riddled with errors, contradictions and confusion in regard to the Exodus, Mt. Sinai, Kadesh Barnea, the wildernesses of Zin, Shur, Sinai, Paran. Even commercially produced map sets that cost money, like those at logos.com and biblemaps.com are full of errors and contradictions regarding the exodus route.
We began by ignoring all archeology and existing Bible maps and studied in detail where the Bible locates various places. Then, only as a secondary, non-authoritative witness, we introduced archeology. If there is a conflict between the Bible and archeology, we side with the Bible. There is no contradiction between the Bible and modern archeology. The conflict is with atheistic Archeologists who trash the Bible, deny the Exodus ever happened, teach David and Solomon were mythical figures. They are bent over backwards in bias to come to any conclusion THAT DOES NOT verify the Bible record. They are losing this battle to truth and being silenced.
A. The archeological time scale: Oldest possible: 3069 BC
Oldest possible trace of human existence that archeologists can find must be younger than 3069 BC.
The earth was created about 7593 years ago (5331 BC). Since the earth is less than 8000 years old, it is rather impossible to find any archeology older than the age of the earth.
The world wide flood of Noah happened in 3069 BC. The Noaic flood that wiped off all traces of humanity off the earth and buried it in what is now called sedimentary rock. The flood occurred flood 2262 years after creation or 3069 BC. For example, there is a 1.5 mile deep layer of fossils in the grand Canyon that was laid within the year of the flood of Noah. Within these sedimentary layers is a mix of all the living things and man made buildings in an order you would expect to find them, given a global flood. We are not aware of any man made buildings or tools that have ever been found in the sedimentary layer.
Noah's Ark (and the contents), is only one man-made, archeological item that is from the pre-Noaic flood period of 5331 BC - 3069 BC.
The oldest possible evidence of human existence that archeologists can dig up must be younger than the time of Noah, or 3069 BC.
Archeologists love to come up with time scales based upon assumptions that the earth is 4.5 billion years old. The Bible says the earth is about 7500 years old. The scientific data supports a young earth.
Keep in mind that when you read about archeological ages that date back to 12,000 - 16,000 years ago, that it is wrong! Common archeological ages are: "Kebaran": 14,000 years and older. "Mushabian": 13-14,000 years old. "Natufian": 10,500-13,000 years old. "Pre-Pottery Neolithic" 7,500 - 10,500 years old. Pottery Neolithic: 7,500 years old and younger. We know from the Bible that all of these "archeological ages" are in error, because the world was created at the same time as the "Pottery Neolithic" age began.
The solution for the wise and discerning Bible student is to take this time scale and squish it down to fit between the Flood and the time of Abraham. This means that Kebaran cannot be any older than 3069 BC and Pottery Neolithic, is likely 2000 BC.
True archeological time scale of Bible believers.
Fictitious archeological time scale of Bible trashing Ph.D. archeologists.
Noah: 3069 BC
Kebaran: 14,000-50,000 years old
Mushabian: 13-14,000 years old
Natufian: 10,500-13,000 years old
Pre-Pottery Neolithic: 7,500 - 10,500 BC.
Abraham: 2000 BC
Pottery Neolithic: 7,500 years old
B. The problem of theological bias:
Theological bias has played a devastatingly negative role in entrenching errors in all Bible maps. For example, the Roman Catholic and Orthodox church both accept Constantine's mother's choice of Mt. Sinai in 325 AD in the modern Sinai Peninsula at Mt. Musa beside St. Catherine's Monastery. Both these churches take decisions of Ecumenical Councils and church tradition over what the Bible says.
Since Queen Helena saw Mt. Musa in a vision to be Mt. Sinai that settles it. Since Constantine proclaimed it Mt. Sinai in 325 AD, the Roman Catholic church will never look elsewhere. Since the Orthodox church built St. Catherine's Monastery in 550 AD at the foot of Mt. Sinai, they won't even discuss the possibility of another location.
Although we have escaped the dark ages of science, we are still held in the shackles of the dark ages of Bible geography. While some Catholic and Orthodox scholars may even state Mt. Musa is not Mt. Sinai, there is absolutely no chance that the Pope or the Ecumenical Patriarch will change their view. To do so would call into question their entire foundation based upon human oral tradition.
C. The problem of sloppy/indifferent Bible students:
The Bible student knows that in 1440 BC, Kadesh Barnea was occupied by Israel in the wilderness for about 38 years and is almost universally located at Ein El Qudeirat by all Bible maps and today's archeologists. Sounds like a sure thing! But this location poses several serious contradictions in the Bible. Archeologists also don't openly tell you the fact that they have dug up nothing older than 1000 BC and that a full 450 years of archeology is missing.
Sloppy Bible students are another source of confusion with regard to the Exodus route. Mt. Sinai cannot be located in the Sinai Peninsula at Mt. Musa, because it is in the middle of Egyptian controlled lands. Kadesh Barnea cannot be located at Qudeirat because this is 27 km inside the promised land. The Bible specifically tells us that Kadesh was Transjordan. This is something that has been missed for the past 200 years.
When many good Bible students notice that Qudeirat is inside the promised land, they assume that the people that put the map in the back of their Bible knew what they were doing. In facts the people who produce the Bible maps rely upon atheistic archeologists and university professors who already see the Bible as a book of myth and contradiction.
On the other hand, most gospel preachers regard the close study of the exodus route as irrelevant. They say: "Why does it matter where they went, its impossible to know. If God wanted us to know for sure, he would have told us!" You will never learn the truth of that you care not to seek! It does matter because the geography of the Bible is wrong, misleading and inaccurate regarding the exodus route.
Here are a few more examples of typical errors found in most Bible maps: 1. "Palestine in the time of Christ" Fact: Palestine did not exist in the time of Christ. Hadrian renamed Judea, "Palestine" in 135 AD. 2. Mt. Hor must be directly beside Kadesh Barnea. Often Bible maps will place Kadesh Barnea at Ein El Qudeirat but Mt. Hor beside Petra. This contradicts the Bible. 3. Exodus route maps that correctly show the Red Sea crossing at the Straits of Tiran, continue to incorrectly place Etham and the wildernesses of Shur near the Bitter lakes, 30 miles from Egypt. Fact: Etham is very near where Israel camped just before the Red Sea crossing at the Straits of Tiran, and the wilderness of Shur was on the other side of the Red sea crossing in modern Saudi Arabia. If you are going to propose alternate crossing points, make sure the stops and wildernesses correspond.
D. The bias of Atheistic university professors: Red Sea crossing
Many archeologists suffer from a disease called, "Hittitus".
Atheistic bias of "university professors" and "scholars" has also played a devastatingly negative role in entrenching errors in all Bible maps.
Take Lake Serbonis or the Bitter lakes, for example, as two different candidate Red Sea crossing points. Both these locations were chosen because they do not require any miracles!
Lake Serbonis stunningly contradicts the Bible in Ex 13:17-18 and should never be even placed on any Bible map as a possibility. Likewise, we call the Bitter lakes the "Hebrew weekend fishing hole" being only 30 miles from Goshen.
It makes logical mush of the Hebrews bitter complaints of being in the wilderness. Being only 30 miles from their beds in Goshen, camped beside a huge fresh drinkable water supply and their herds, how could anyone imagine this is in the wilderness: Exodus 14:11-12?
It is an assault on common sense to suggest that the Bitter lakes was "in the wilderness". In spite of blatantly contradicting the Bible, Bible maps, under the oversight of "University Scholars" continue to suggest Lake Serbonis or the Bitter lakes as proposed crossing points. The reason is simple: They do not believe the Bible in the first place, so they look for "natural explanations" to avoid the obvious miracle of the Red Sea crossing. They propose Lake Serbonis because there is an obvious natural land bridge that a typical storm could expose. They propose Bitter lakes because it is so shallow, that a "strong east wind" could blow the water away so they could cross. So we see their Phd, but do not see their atheism and allow them to continue to suggest Lake Serbonis or the Bitter lakes as possible crossing points. They must be removed from all Bible maps as even possibilites.
E. The bias of Atheistic archeologists: Sinai & Kadesh
Atheistic bias of archeologists has also played a devastatingly negative role in entrenching errors in all Bible maps. Take the location of Kadesh Barnea, for example. Before Trumbull first suggested Kades in 1881 AD, Kadesh Barnea was generally located transjordan, often near or at Petra. Between 1881 - 1916 AD Kadesh Barnea was located at Ein El Qedeis. From 1916 to the present, Kadesh has been wrongly located on every Bible at Ein El Qudeirat. But it escapes the average Bible student's notice as to WHY they changed from Petra to Kades to Qudeirat in the first place.
John Rowlands goes down in history as the man who plunged the search for Kadesh Barnea in to the "Dark Ages" (1881 AD - present). But Ein El Qedeis would be just another desert spring without Henry Clay Trumbull who is responsible for literally deceiving the entire world into believing it was Kadesh Barnea. The "one-two punch" of Rowland-Trumbull moved the worlds attention for the location of Kadesh from the Transjordan Arabah to where it has been presently located on all Bible maps since 1916 AD. Although in 1842 AD John Rowlands was the very first man in history to suggest Ein Qedeis was Kadesh Barnea, it became the majority opinion choice for Kadesh Barnea from 1881 - 1916 AD. Before 1881, everyone was looking for it in the Arabah Valley area or near Petra as Joseph said it was. After 1916, Ein El Qudeirat became the choice and is still to this very day. We however reject both Qedeis and Qudeirat as Kadesh Barnea and believe it is located at or near Petra. This "similarity of name" argument became the most important "proof" that Kadesh Barnea had been found at Ein Qedeis until Ein el-Qudeirat dethroned Ein Qeudeis in 1916 AD. Scholars like Keil & Delitzsch in 1867 AD, William Smith's Bible Dictionary in 1884 AD and the New Advent Catholic encyclopedia, Cades, 1917 AD all focused upon the similarity of name. But all this was thrown aside and forgotten when a larger spring was found 6 km north at Qudeirat. Ein El-Qudeirat means "Fountain of Omnipotence" or "Fountain of God s Power". This has nothing to do with any connection with God bringing water from the rock with Moses, but the fact that Qudeirat is the largest spring in the entire Sinai Peninsula for a 100 km radius! Not surprising that they would call it "God's powerful spring." For an detailed summary of the search for Kadesh Barnea see also: Chronological History of "The search for Kadesh"
Bible trashing archeologists like Finkelstein, Rothenberg and Pratico are losing the battle of promoting their "low chronology" (LC): "The deconstruction of the Albright/Yadin `Solomonic paradigm' began during the 1970s with Benno Rothenberg's and later by Gary Pratico's demolition of Nelson Glueck's concept of `Solomon's copper mines' in the Timnah Valley in the Arabah and of his identification of Ezion Geber with Tell el-Kheleifeh. Twenty years later, in the late 1990s, questions were raised concerning the core of the paradigm by J. Wightman (1990) and especially by David Jamieson-Drake (1991) whose influential book included a frontal attack from an archaeological standpoint on the very concept of the United Monarchy of ancient Israel. This work fell like a ripe apple into the hands of historians and biblical scholars of the European 'revisionist school' who were inclined to minimize or reject altogether the historicity of the entire or parts of the biblical narrative. This book also inspired the work of Israel Finkelstein. ... Thus, Jezreel, Arad, the Negev Highlands, and Taanach may be taken as 'mini-anchors' in the problematic 400-year time-span described above. Evaluation of these points of reference negates Finkelstein's LC (low chronology). (The Bible and Radiocarbon Dating, Thomas E. Levy, Thomas Higham, Amihai Mazar, 2005, p16, 21)
So as we can see, the role of archeology can be helpful but often misleading.
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