Is the Bible historically accurate? (Part 9B)

My sons got to go to Grace Community Church yesterday and hear John MacArthur speak on the tribulation. Here is a clip from “Larry King Live” with John MacArthur as a guest.

Dr Price, who directs excavations at the Qumran plateau in Israel, the site of the community that produced the dead sea scrolls some 2,000 years ago, expertly guides you through the latest archaeological finds that have changed the way we understand the world of the bible. (Part 3 of 6 in the film series The Stones Cry Out) HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED………

Did the Patriarchs of the Bible actually live?
Have the legendary cities of Sodom & Gomorrah been discovered?
Did the walls of Jericho really fall down?
Was King David a man or a myth?
Can we locate the tomb of Christ today?

The Stones Cry Out allows you to see and hear archaeologists who have made some of the most significant discoverires of our time and how the ancient evidence they unearthed confirmed the historical persons and events of the bible. Filmed on location in Israel and Jordan, this fascinating porgram will enable you to appreciate the living message of the bible.

My grandson was riding with me in the car the other day when the song “My God is greater” came on the radio. I was quite shocked that he sang every word correctly. It was quite thrilling to me to hear a four year old do that. When I think of discoveries like the Ebla Tablets that verify  names like Adam, Eve, Ishmael, David and Saul were in common usage when the Bible said they were, it makes me think of this song below by Chris Tomlin.

From time to time you will read articles in the Arkansas press by  such writers as  John Brummett, Max Brantley and Gene Lyons that poke fun at those that actually believe the Bible is historically accurate when in fact the Bible is backed up by many archaeological facts. The Book of Mormon is blindly accepted even though archaeology has disproven many of the facts that are claimed by it. For instance, sheep did not exist in North America when they said they did.

Sheep” are mentioned in the Book of Mormon as being raised in the Americas by the Jaredites between 2500 BC and 600 BC. Another verse mentions “lamb-skin” (~ AD 21)[51] However, Domestic sheep are known to have been first introduced to the Americas during the second voyage of Columbus in 1493.

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Ancient Ebla was located in Northern Syria, approximately halfway between the modern cities
of Hamath and Aleppo. Excavations
at that site began in the 1960s, and in
the 1970s a series of extraordinary

tablets was discovered among the

ruins of an ancient palace. These

tablets became known as “The Ebla

Tablets”, and they were originally

discovered under the direction of two

professors from the University of

Rome – Dr. Paolo Matthiae and Dr.

Giovanni Petinato. At this point, about

17,000 tablets from the ancient Eblaite

Kingdom have been

recovered. These tablets appear to

have been written during the two last

generations of ancient Ebla. This

means that they probably come from

some time around 2300 to

2250 B.C. But what is remarkable

about the Ebla tablets is not how old

they are, but rather the

amazing parallels to the Bible that

they contain.

For example, one scholar was very

surprised at just how close much of

the language on the tablets is to

ancient Hebrew….

The vocabularies at Ebla were
distinctively Semitic: the word “to
write” is k-t-b (as in Hebrew), while that for “king” is “malikum,” and that for “man” is
“adamu.” The closeness to Hebrew is surprising.
In addition, a vast array of Biblical names that have not been found in any other ancient Near
Eastern languages have been reported to have been found in similar forms in Eblaite (one of the
two languages found on the tablets).
For instance, the names of Adam, Eve, Abarama/Abraham, Bilhah, Ishmael, Esau, Mika-el, Saul

and David have been found on the tablets. Now, it is important to note that the tablets are not

necessarily referring to those specific people. Rather, what it does demonstrate is that those

names were commonly used in ancient times.

In addition, quite a few ancient Biblical cities are also mentioned by name in the Ebla tablets.

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For example, Ashtaroth, Sinai, Jerusalem, Hazor, Lachish, Megiddo, Gaza, Joppa, Ur, and
Damascus are all reportedly referred to by name in the tablets.
Giovanni Pettinato says that he also found references to the ancient cities of Sodom and
Gomorrah in the tablets. In fact, one key discovery appears to relate directly to Genesis

chapter 14. Some Bible skeptics have long tried to claim that the victory of Abraham over

Chedorlaomer and the Mesopotamian kings in Genesis 14 was fictional and that the five “cities

of the plain” (Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim and Zoar) referred to in that chapter are

legendary. But it turns out that the Ebla tablets refer to all five of the “cities of the plain”, and on

one tablet the cities are listed in the exact same order that we find in Genesis chapter 14.

However, it is important to note that Ebla was primarily a pagan culture. Pagan gods such as
Dagan, Baal and Ishtar were very important to the people of that time. But the truth is that these
japan disatster: Residents  salvage goods in Sendai
Sendai residents try to salvage belongings from their destroyed homes

tablets do confirm quite a few historical details found in the Scriptures.

Amazing!

The Mystery Of The Ebla Tablets

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