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New Discoveries Show Israel’s Pre-Biblical Importance

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Excavations at the site of the ancient city of Tel Megiddo which overlooks the Valley of Armageddon, Israel.

Researchers from Harvard and the Smithsonian have recently unearthed a 10,000-year-old village called Ain Ghazal in Jordan, one of the oldest sites showing the fateful human transition from hunter-gatherers to farmers growing crops and domesticating animals. They also made sculptures and built circular shrines. The oldest such site goes back an astounding 23,000 years—much earlier than previously supposed—and was found on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.

The New York Times reports on a new scientific consensus that such settlements almost surely appeared first in modern-day Israel and Jordan; this means that civilization itself originated in the Holy Land, prior to the celebrated later developments in Egypt and Mesopotamia.

For the Biblically-minded, these stunning discoveries indicate that this very special but very small corner of planet earth—the ancient land of Israel and its immediate surroundings—was hugely important in human history long before the events described in the Old and New Testaments.

 

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  1. Kevin  •  Oct 25, 2016 at 3:03 am

    >> …was hugely important in human history long before the events described in the Old and New Testaments.

    Events like creation ??

  2. RJ  •  Oct 27, 2016 at 12:50 am

    Sad to see someone with Michael's intellectual acuity make a statement such as… "long before the events described in the Old and New Testaments".

    Michael, I have never heard you discuss your view of the age of the world. Have you submitted to the "group-think" of those who hide behind "science" to try to deny the traditional Biblical dating of the world as less than 6,000 years old? Or do you understand, as I hope you would, that the idea that the world can be retroactively dated via any "scientific" (as opposed to historical) method is an inherently speculative and therefore quite un-scientific process? After all, all of the supposedly "scientific" methods of dating the world rely on making assumptions about the kind of conditions that prevailed in the ancient, unknown past, that can never be ascertained, let alone replicated, in any way.

    • 4noone  •  Nov 24, 2016 at 10:50 pm

      What kind of incoherent argument is RJ making? Why not just make your own argument rather than "speculate" about what you hope Michael Medved believes.

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