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Janesville Gazette (Newspaper) - December 8, 1996, Janesville, Wisconsin
The Janesville Gazette sunday december 8,1996 a world discoveries provide evidence for Bibi Zicai events associated press Hazor Israel Amnon Ben Tor is an archaeologist who doubts and Ryning he can to dig up. He takes nothing in the Bible on Faith. Yet standing in a Trench on a hot Barren Mountainside he stares into the fire blackened Stone and sees an army destroying the canaanite City of razor 3,200 years ago. Just As it says in the Book of Joshua. A a Hazor was destroyed by fire when the invading israelite claimed their promised land Ben Tor says. A a nobody can prove to me the Story in Joshua is entirely from the Northern Hills of Israel to the desert of Yemen a string of recent archaeological discoveries have provided the first hard evidence for a number of biblical figures and events Many of which had been widely dismissed As myths and moral tales. Individually the discoveries Are important. Together they Are shaking the Field of biblical archaeology and buttressing words believers have taken on Faith. They also have political implications in a Region where jewish and palestinian claims to the land rest in part on events dating Back to the time of Abraham. In this volatile mix of Archaeol religion and politics the most important of the new discoveries is evidence for the existence of King David. The Bible says the child David slayed the Philistine giant Goliath and went on to found Jerusalem which this year is celebrating its 3,000th anniversary As the City of David. David a is an exciting tale of murder adultery political deceit and extrait binary Faith and courage. The Story is so fantastic Many biblical scholars have Long thought that even David himself must have been made up. Then came what Seymour i tin of the . Albright Institute of archaeological research in East Jerusalem Calls a one of the greatest finds of the 20th in 1993, israeli archaeologists digging in Tel Dan in the Golan Heights unearthed a piece of Stone Fth m an ancient Monument or Stele. Inscribed upon it in ancient aramaic were the words a King of Israel and a House of the Story so Shook some scholars that they insisted the find was phony or the inscription incorrectly translated. A year later however archaeologists found More Flag ments of the Stele with additional inscriptions referring to the ancient King. Today the new scholarly consensus is that David was real. Not because the Bible says so. Says a press Ronny Reich of the israeli antiquities authority but because a archaeology has found the Rock upon which David a name was found is Only one of the recent finds consistent with biblical accounts discoveries that May be ushering in a new Golden age of biblical archaeology. A recent expeditions at she chem where the Bible says Abraham built an altar to god prove an organized Community existed there during Abrahams time nearly 4,000 years ago. A this summer archaeologists digging in a Kibbutz in Central Israel found a Stone Tablet with a phone Ian inscription Baring the name of the City of Ekron the fabled City where according to the Book of i Samuel the philistines took the Ark of the covenant after capturing it from the israelite. A recent excavations have uncovered a string of ancient egyptian forts along the Sinai a Mediterranean coast. The discovery offers a plausible explanation for an exodus Story that has Long puzzled scholars for Why Moses would Lead his people out of Egypt through the Sinai wilderness instead of along the Shorter coastal route. A this summer archaeologists sifting through a 2,000-year-old garbage dump at Masada in Southern Israel unearthed a wine Jug inscribed with the name of King Herod. It was the first object Ever found bearing the name of the India begins Large polio Campaign associated press Sharda Nagar India volunteers Riding rickshaws Down Slushy tracks brought vaccine in yellow ice buckets to this far Comer of India on saturday As part of a nationwide Campaign to immunize 125 million children against polio in one Day. We would like to take this Opportunity to thank the citizens of Wisconsin on behalf of the Wisconsin state fire fighter Union for supporting our organization through the Purchase of tickets to our countr it music show. Fire fighting in the United states is ruled As one of the most hazardous occupations in terms of death and injury suffered by the it be professionals choosing to work in the fire Rescue vice. Working with our fiends throughout a change these statistics and Wisconsin perhaps we can help Chan make our communities a safer place e to live and work. The professional fire fighters of i present an oldies music show Gary Puckett featuring the grass roots May la 1997 a 3kj0 . K 8�0 . Dane county expo Center general and minion $15.00 for ticket information please Call 244-6447 or 800-926-0499 this event is sponsored by the professional fire fighters of i great Judean King mentioned in the gospels. A an Ivory Pomes mate purchased in the International antiquities Market by israeli authorities for $550,000 in 1988 is now believed by Many scholars to be the first relic Ever found from Solomon a Temple. According to the Bible the magnificent Temple generally dated to around 950 the Ark of the covenant. An inscription on the pomegranate has been translated As a holy to the priests belonging to the Temple of no archaeologists Are saying everything in the Bible is literally the. A How reliable is the Bible a her Shel Shanks editor of biblical archaeology review asks rhetorically. A the answer is it has a sound historical Core. What is heating up now is an academic Battle Between those who deny this and those who affirm some researchers accept the recent discoveries As proof that biblical accounts of exodus and the Conquest of the promised land Are generally True. Others continue to insist that the events never occurred and the my Jor figures of the old testament from Jacob to Solomon never existed. The debate Centre on figures and events that Are important to three of the worlds my for religions christianity Judaism and islam. At the Center of the dispute is is with a Mission to eradicate the disease by 2000, the world health organization and voluntary agencies assisted Indian doctors and local officials in what they said was the largest Public health project Ever attempted. Polio still cripples nearly 10,000 children every year in India. Merry freshness Garer fresh Cut Christmas a re a Fraser a Balsam a Pine wreaths amp roping fresh and fragrant a grave blankets gifts for the gardeners a wind Chimes a Bird feeders a books a nature tapes Owr own greenhouse grown poinsettias visa 1328 Hwy 14 East at Kennedy Road a Janesville. Win 752-891. A string of recent archaeological discoveries have provided the first hard evidence for a number of biblical figures and events Many of which had been widely dismissed As myths and moral tales. Archaeologist Israel Finkelstein left a professor at Tel Aviv University supervises Dick Andrus of Salt Lake City at the Tel Megido excavations in Israel. Finkelstein says he has found evidence that Megiddo still was standing a Century after Josuha according to the Bible conquered Canaan. Rad Finkelstein. A professor at Tel Aviv University. On a warm Day the Tau thin bearded archaeologist scampers up and Down a slope supervising scores of volunteers digging at Tel Megiddo the Mountaintop where the Book of revelation says the final Battle Between Good and evil jul take place. They Are searching for artefacts of the Iron age and late Bronze age. It was during those times according to the Bible that the jews were claiming their promised land Joshua conquered Canaan and during the fighting the ancient canaanite City of Megiddo was Defeated. His work Here Finkelstein says. Is proof that this never happened. He has found evidence that Megiddo was Stul standing a Century after Joshua supposedly conquered Canaan. Those who dispute these findings Finkelstein says. Are practising a nationalistic archaeology that puts politics ahead of scholarship. A a in a just a simple Soldier in the forces of he says. Less than 60 Miles away at Tel Hazor Short Burly Ben Tor stands in the ruins of a once magnificent canaanite Palace and supervises workers digging in the heat. Finkelstein Ben Tor says angrily is supplying a anti semites with a Fig Leaf by attacking the traditional accounts of israeli nation Hood. God Grant him Money and time Ben Tor says and Hazor jul be the place where Finkelstein so idiotic theory can be already he says his excavations have uncovered evidence that Hazor was destroyed by a terrible fire and its canaanite and egyptian statues destroyed in the late second Miu Ennius . The findings support the biblical account of Joshua a Triumph. Discoveries at Hazor also show the City was occupied again by the loth Century supporting biblical accounts of King Solomon a reign. Eventually Ben Tor said. A someone will find an inscription with Solomon a name on How will such proof or the Lack of it affect people of Faith Camille Killam a graduate student at Southeastern Baptist University working on the dig at Tel Hazor says no archaeological discovery could change her beliefs. A it happen. It happen a she says. A i believe in gods but in the current uneasy mix of science and religion where some claim science has become the new religion what can be proven or disprove by archaeology May matter not Only to scholars but to Many people of Faith. A recent editorial in christianity today the leading evangelical Magazine encourages conservative christians to support biblical archaeology because evidence for the historical accuracy of the Bible bolsters Faith. A evangelicals Are committed to fostering a belief in the trustworthiness of scripture a the editorial states. A that requires both argument and James Sauer a Harvard University archaeologist and former president of the american schools of Oriental research never put much Faith in the trustworthiness of the bibles Early stories. But today he goes so far As to assert a historical basis for one of the bibles most ancient stories the Stor of Noah. The Middle East was not always such a dry place Sauer says. In Yemen the Hula Lake Region of Israel and the empty Quarter in saudi Arabia he and others have found evidence of flooding during the Early Bronze age. A what in a saying a he says a is there was a flood in the Middle East that became recorded As the flood of the old from his St. Louis Home where he is in the debilitating stages of Huntington a disease Sauer says he wants evidence of the flood to be his final legacy. For most of his life he says he thought the Story of the great flood was a fable that a did not contain any historical memory. 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