Current Events Articles: February 2009

Where Darwin Went Wrong: Just One Example posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

Darwin visited the Santa Cruz river valley in 1834. He interpreted the valley as having been formed over millions of years. Dr. Steve Austin shows that the landscape that Darwin saw was formed rapidly by a giant flood. What else was Darwin wrong about?

Egypt Unveils Mummy Found in New Tomb posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

Illuminated only by torches and camera lights, Egyptian laborers used crowbars and picks Wednesday to lift the lid off a 2,600-year-old limestone sarcophagus, exposing — for the first time since it was sealed in antiquity — a perfectly preserved mummy.,2933,491164,00.html

Randall Price Scheduled for Mount Ararat Expedition posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

This summer Randall Price, ABR friend, plans to continue on a journey this summer with an expedition to Mount Ararat. His team believes that it is there, in Eastern Turkey, where Noah's Ark remains preserved underneath layers of rubble and ice.,2933,486684,00.html

For more ABR materials on Noah's ark, please see: Noah's Ark Update

Archaeometric Analysis Supports the Authenticity of the Jehoash Tablet posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

The Jehoash Tablet’s inscription has become embroiled in controversy in an ongoing forgery trial in Jerusalem. The co-authors’ findings supporting its authenticity were recently documented in Archaeometric Analysis of the ‘Jehoash Inscription’ Tablet, published in the Journal of Archaeological Science [35 (2008) 2966-2972].

Ben Stein 'Expels' Himself from Commencement Address posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

Comedian Ben Stein has withdrawn as the University of Vermont's commencement speaker because of complaints about his critical views on evolution in favor of intelligent design. "I am far more pro-science than the Darwinists," Stein wrote in an e-mail: "I want all scientific inquiry to happen not just what the ruling clique calls science."

ABR to Appear on Moody Radio's "Prime Time America" posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

Henry B. Smith Jr., Director of Outreach for ABR, was interviewed by Phil Fleischman of Prime Time America for the February 3, 2009 broadcast. The story centers around the excavations at the City of David, but the emphasis of the conversation with ABR was on the mission of ABR and the importance of archaeological research and fieldwork as it pertains to the reliability of the Bible. Please pray God uses this opportunity to speak the truth of Scripture to the Church and spread the word about the ministry and mission of ABR.

The MP3 of this interview can be found at this link, and the relevant ABR portions are found between 1 hour 19 minutes to 1 hour 28 minutes.


Prime Time America is a two-hour national drive-time program that encourages listeners to develop a heart and mind for God, while keeping them informed through an evangelical Christian worldview. With guest interviews, features, news, commentaries, occasional call-in sections and music, Prime Time America consistently helps listeners grow spiritually, intellectually, and emotionally.

Israeli Archaeologists Find Rare Gold Coins posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

The Israel Antiquities Authority reported a thrilling find recently -- the discovery of 264 ancient gold coins in Jerusalem National Park.

An Update on Possible Location of King Solomon's Copper Mines in Edom posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

The 2006 dig uncovered new artifacts and with them a new set 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. The new data pushes back the archeological chronology some three centuries earlier than the current scholarly consensus. The research also documents a spike in metallurgic activity at the site during the 9th century BCE, which may also support the history of the Edomites as related by the Bible.

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