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Commentary on recent archaeological discoveries, current issues bearing on the historical reliability of Scripture and other relevant news concerning the Bible.

We presently live in a culture of great skepticism and confusion. Many scholars, scientists, historians and forces within culture believe the Bible is an outdated, irrelevant book, filled with fables, stories, and mythological constructs that are not based on reality. Members of the ABR staff gathered together in a roundtable discussion to talk about some of the criticisms presently being leveled against the Bible. In this 11 part series (on a 2 DVD set), find out why you can trust the Bible.

The important and powerful topics include:

Disc One: 64 Minutes

The Battle Over the City of Ai: Joshua 7-8
Bart Ehrman and the Reliability of the New Testament
The Preservation and Reliability of the Biblical Text
King David And Solomon: Men or Myths? Part One
King David And Solomon: Men or Myths? Part Two
The Walls of Jericho: The Skeptics Come Tumblin' Down: Part 1

Disc Two: 54 Minutes

The Walls of Jericho: The Skeptics Come Tumblin' Down: Part 2
The Walls of Jericho: The Skeptics Come Tumblin' Down: Part 3
Don't We Just Need 'Faith'?
Noah and the Flood
The Exodus From Egypt

Despite the claims of modern science, scholarship and culture, the Bible stands, unshaken by the vain imaginations foisted upon it by the minds of fallible, sinful men.

Watch the episode, The Reliability of Old Testament Texts and Predictive Prophecy, for FREE!

Many thanks to Calvary Bible Fellowship Church in Sinking Spring, PA for the use of their church facility to film this roundtable series.

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Recently, archaeological remains were discovered in Jerusalem that affirmed the presence of Hasmoneans in Jerusalem during the second century BC. This was in accord with historical texts, such as the book of 1 Maccabees. In this brief article, Dr. Scott Stripling illustrates how the principle of the 'benefit of the doubt' is often applied to some written texts, but with a double standard when it comes to King David and the Bible.

Dr. Erez Ben-Yosef and Dr. Lidar Sapir-Hen of Tel Aviv University's Department of Archaeology and Near Eastern Cultures have used radiocarbon dating in an attempt to pinpoint the time when domesticated camels arrived in the southern Levant, pushing the standard estimate from the 12th down to the 10th century BC. The findings, published recently in the journal Tel Aviv, are being used to argue that camels were first used in the mining operations near the end of the 10th century BC. They state that this is the first evidence of domesticated camels in ancient Israel. Such proclamations erroneously extrapolate the findings of the research far beyond what the actual data proves. In reality, there is abundant evidence that the Bible's mention of camels as early as the time of Abraham is contextually and historically accurate. In this article, TM Kennedy demonstrates the accuracy of the biblical texts in their historical setting as it pertains to camels.

Mark Daniels of WFIL in Philadelphia interviews ABR Director of Development, Henry Smith.

The Meetings of the American Schools of Oriental Research, or ASOR, took place in the city of Baltimore, MD this past November. For those unfamiliar with this organization, it is comprised of archaeologists and scholars who make the 'lands of the Bible' the focus of their research and investigations.

Proponents of the 'Mount Sinai in Saudi Arabia' thesis continue to appeal to Galatians 4:25 as a supporting argument for their theory. Gordon Franz shows how the first century reader would have understood Paul's geographic reference.

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