Current Events Articles: October 2008

Oldest Possibly Hebrew Inscription Found outside Jerusalem posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

An Israeli archaeologist digging at a hilltop south of Jerusalem believes a ceramic shard found in the ruins of an ancient town bears the oldest Hebrew inscription ever discovered, a find that could provide an important glimpse into the culture and language of the Holy Land at the time of the Bible.,2933,445132,00.html

See a short video here:

Picture: Associated Press

Researchers may have found King Solomon's mines posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

An international team of archaeologists has excavated an ancient copper-production center at Khirbat en-Nahas down to virgin soil, through more than 20 feet of industrial smelting debris, or slag. The 2006 dig has brought up new artifacts and with them a new suite of radiocarbon dates placing the bulk of industrial-scale production at Khirbat en-Nahas in the 10th century BCE – in line with Biblical narrative on the rule of David and Solomon.,0,1332762.story

To read the original paper in a PDF file, you may visit here:

New PBS program says Bible isn't true, stories made up posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

The tax-payer funded Public Broadcasting System (PBS) will present a program this fall that says the Old Testament is a bunch of made-up stories that never happened. "The Bible's Buried Secrets" says the Bible is not true. It is scheduled to air on November 18.

Archaeologist William Dever said: "...It's (The Bible's Buried Secrets) designed for intelligent people who are willing to change their mind. …it will give intelligent people who want to read the Bible in a modern way a chance. If we insist on reading the Bible literally, in 25 years, nobody will read it any longer."

The implication, of course, is that people who take the Bible literally are not intelligent! The Bible has been read literally for thousands of years, so we can be sure that Dr. Dever's proclamations are nothing but empty rhetoric.

ABR asks that you pray for:

1. The ABR ministry to continue to provide materials and research to refute programs like "The Bible's Buried Secrets".

2. William Dever, who has been a well-known and respected archaeologist for decades, but continues to attack the Scriptures with such outrageous statements. Pray for his return to the evangelical roots of his youth.

3. For the youth of America not to be taken in by such anti-Bible propaganda.

Recommended Resources for Further Study

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A Report on the 2008 Excavation Season at Hazor posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

The nineteenth season of the ‘Selz Foundation Hazor Excavations in Memory of Yigael Yadin’ took place between June 22 and August 1, 2008. The excavations are sponsored by the Philip and Muriel Berman Center for Biblical Archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and by the Israel Exploration Society.

Whitcomb Ministries conference to be held in Indiana posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

Dr. John Whitcomb, president of Whitcomb Ministries, Inc., will speak on the subject of apologetics and explain the foundational place that the Bible must have in the life of the believer at the Fifth Annual Day with Whitcomb Ministries, to be held at Fellowship Baptist Church in South Bend, Ind., on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008.

Please visit their website for registration information and questions at:

Inscription with "Christ" found on bowl in Alexandria posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

A team of scientists led by renowned French marine archaeologist Franck Goddio recently announced that they have found a bowl, dating to between the late 2nd century B.C. and the early 1st century A.D., that, according to an expert epigrapher, could be engraved with the world's first known reference to Christ.

Editorial note: ABR has received a variety of feedback on this discovery. It seems very likely this is not a reference to Jesus Christ, since it appears to have been discovered in some sort of pagan temple. We have posted this news here for your information only, not as an endorsement of any particular translation or interpretation of the artfiact.  For further comments, please see ARTIFAX, Autumn 2008, pg. 14. More about ARTIFAX can be found at:

Franck Goddio/ Hilti Foundation, photos: Christoph Gerigk

More on the Seal of King Zedekiah's Minister posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

An update and overview of the significance of two clay sealings found in Jerusalem of Gedaliah son of Pashhur and Jehucal son of Shelemiah, ministers of King Zedekiah mentioned in Jeremiah 38:1.


Jerusalem Post

See also: Seal of King Zedekiah's minister found in Jerusalem dig

Dr. Eilat Mazar: The Bible as a Blueprint posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

"I work with the Bible in one hand and the tools of excavation in the other," Israeli archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar says. "The Bible is the most important historical source." Mazar, who is both revered and reviled by some of her colleagues for being a Biblical Archaeologist, says that the Bible is unquestionably the most important historical source for her work, since it contains a "genuine historical account of the past."

'Expelled' wins lawsuit over 'Imagine' song posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

A federal court has decided against a claim by Yoko Ono that Ben Stein's intelligent design film, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, illegally used her husband John Lennon's song, "Imagine."

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

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