Hebrew Inscription on a 3,000-year-old Jar Could Redraw Borders of Ancient Israel
Nearly 3,000 years ago, a scribe inked a single Hebrew word on a large jar filled with wine or something else, which had been stored in a building at Abel Beth Maacah, an ancient settlement at the northern tip of todayâ€™s Israel. Now archaeologists have found it. That one word in an â€śunexpectedâ€ť place could redraw the map of the ancient kingdom of Israel in the 10th-9th century B.C.E., showing it may have stretched farther north than is currently supposed.
There is a big debate among archaeologists on whether Abel Beth Maacah, which is mentioned in the Bible three times, was under the control of Israel, the Phoenicians, the Arameans, or was independent during this period....
Despite all the glowing reports of Israel given by so many evangelicals (promoting their guided tours of the area), Israel is not a Christian country, nor one that is populated by people who love the Bible, live according to Jewish laws, etc. Even in the good ol' USA, a good third of Jews do not believe in God (hey, maybe that's why they also find it easy to vote for Democrats!). I'm still waiting for someone to answer this question: if the modern country of Israel only came into existence after the end of World War Two, how did God bless the USA and allow us and the Allied Powers victory in that war, since we had not prayed for the peace of Jerusalem ever before (or during) and even the great and wonderful US President Franklin Roosevelt diverted aid from this country's own War in the Pacific to the Soviets.
Also, many modern Biblical "scholars" and "theologians" do not believe in the accuracy of the Bible. Carol Meyers, a professor from Duke University says "Archaeology is irrelevant to the notion of truth and false with respect to scripture. The truths in the Bible are whether God did what is claimed God did in the Bible, and those cannot be proved true or false by any material means.
Those are matters of belief. Now thereâ€™s another kind of side issue to that about whether the historicity of certain texts can be authenticated by archeological research, and in some sense that is a possible question, but again, that assumes that the Bible is a history book just as history books are that are produced today, which is wasnâ€™t. Our modern notion of history writing is just that. Itâ€™s a product of the last few centuries. And the narratives and the texts that we have in scripture were never intended to be a factual record of the past."