A First Temple period (2,600 year old) artifact has been unearthed in the City of David that according to The Times of Israel are of
immense scholarly value…
…not just another discovery …What is importance is not just that they were found in Jerusalem, but [that they were found] inside their true archaeological context,
[archaeologist Dr. Yiftah Shalev of the Israel Antiquities Authority]
There are still some today who think the bible is a collection of myths despite its past record of archaeological confirmations. The only argument skeptics can throw at the biblical narratives is that there is no proof this or that happened.
But once again we learn from biblical archaeology that an absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. Prier to 1993, critics rejected the idea that King David even existed.
And now another fascinating discovery, a seal impression from who is believed to be King Josiah’s official. The impression was found in a destruction layer that coincides with the the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC. and reads (belonging) to Nathan-Melech, Servant of the King
2 Kings 23:11; He removed from the entrance to the temple of the Lord the horses that the kings of Judah had dedicated to the sun. They were in the court a near the room of an official named Nathan-Melek. [King] Josiah then burned the chariots dedicated to the sun.
What are your thoughts on biblical archaeology? Do you think it strengthens the viability of the biblical record or are these finds insignificant?
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