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The inscription, written in ink on clay, is the earliest yet found in Hebrew. It was discovered about 18 months ago in a dig at Khirbet Qeiyafa, near Emek Ha'ela. While it was quickly dated, its language remained uncertain until Prof. Gershon Galil was able to demonstrate that it was an early form of Hebrew - containing roots commonly found in Hebrew, but which are very rare in other Semitic languages.

Robert Cornuke, the founder of the BASE Institute claims to have seen, and has photographs of, an ancient stone artifact from Mount Sinai that is inscribed with the name of the LORD, 'Yahweh,' on it!

The reason for abandoning a literal understanding of Gen 1 and 2 is not new. Sometimes the plain, simplest, most natural reading of the text is, indeed the best. Such is the case with Gen 1, despite all the attempts to explain it in some other, more complicated way... 

Carbon-14 dating is the center of debate as it pertains to dating from the Iron Age period. This off-site article illustrates the general propensity of scholars to reject the more substantial and reliable methods of pottery dating and other historical synchronisms involving ancient records and eyewitness testimony. Here is an excerpt:

The date of the transition from the archaeological period known as Iron Age I to Iron Age IIa is a particularly hotly disputed topic, especially because the date of the transition is crucial for elucidating the history and material culture of the reigns of David and Solomon. According to the so-called high chronology, the transition occurred around 1000 or 980 B.C.E. It is generally recognized that David conquered Jerusalem in about 1000 B.C.E. According to the low chronology, the transition to Iron Age IIa occurred around 920-900 B.C.E. Other opinions place the transition somewhere between the two-in about 950 B.C.

http://www.bib-arch.org/bar/article.asp?PubID=BSBA&Volume=35&Issue=3&ArticleID=6

Often, laypersons are not aware the C-14 testing involves ratios of C-14 and C-12, NOT DATES! The dates must be calibrated and are based on unprovable assumptions about the past. The same problem is found in dating Jericho and other sites in the ANE in the Second Millenium B.C. Dr. Wood has commented here briefly on this important subject: Carbon 14 Dating at Jericho

Recommended Resource: Doesn't Carbon Dating Disprove the Bible?

Other ABR articles on C-14 dating:

Revising Radiocarbon Dating

Subjectivity in Radiometric Dating

Off site:

http://creation.com/radiometric-dating-questions-and-answers

http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/nab/does-c14-disprove-the-bible

 

This review of biblical papers delivered at the 2008 ASOR meetings clearly shows that biblical archaeology is anything but dead, even if scholars are uncomfortable with the term itself. Indeed, it illustrates the central role that the Bible continues to play in the history and archaeology of the region; a source unmatched and unrivaled in its rich detail and description of life in antiquity...

It is inevitable...predictable...almost certain. Each year, some unbelieving scholar or entertainer seemingly comes out of nowhere with an erroneous theory that supposedly debunks the historical and bodily resurrection of the Son of God. The Da Vinci Code, the Gospel of Judas, Bloodline, The Jesus Family Tomb, liberal theologians, and even some so-called 'evangelical' scholars...on and on the list goes of those who, year after year after year, fecklessly attack the central doctrine of the Christian faith.

To date, the Ark has not yet been found. Several locations for it have been proposed: Mount Ararat in northeastern Turkey; Mount Cudi (Judi) in southeastern Turkey; the so-called Durupinar site near Mount Ararat; and several mountains in northern Iran, including Damavand, Sabalon, and Suleiman...

One of the most serious problems facing the Church in the 21st century is the problem of Biblical illiteracy. Simply put, most professing Christians do not possess a sound and coherent understanding of the Bible...

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