Current Events Articles: April 2010

Did Eilat Mazar Find King David's Palace? posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

There can be little doubt that King David had a palace. The Bible tells us that Hiram of Tyre (who would later help King Solomon build the Temple) constructed the palace for David: “King Hiram of Tyre sent envoys to David, with cedar logs, carpenters and stonemasons; and they built a palace for David” (2 Samuel 5:11). The Biblical narrative, I submit, better explains the archaeology we have uncovered than any other hypothesis that has been put forward. Indeed, the archaeological remains square perfectly with the Biblical description that tells us David went down from there to the citadel.

Tomb of Royal Scribe Found In Egypt posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

The elaborate burial tomb of an ancient royal scribe has been unearthed near Ismailia, 75 miles east of Cairo. Dating to the 19th Dynasty B.C (1315-1201 BC), the burial is the first ever Ramesside-period tomb uncovered in Lower Egypt, Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said recently.

Theologian Resigns Over Evolution Controversy posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

On March 24, the theistic evolution organization BioLogos posted a short video featuring the widely respected Old Testament scholar Dr. Bruce Waltke. Waltke clearly stated his belief that evolution was compatible with Christianity, and if Christians would not endorse what he called “science,” the Christian church would become a cult. This unleashed a controversy that was to result in Waltke resigning from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida, and also in BioLogos (at the request of Dr. Waltke) pulling the video from its website about a week after the initial posting.

The following is a commentary on this news item by Dr. Terry Mortenson of Answers in Genesis, who holds a Masters of Divinity degree and a PhD in the history of geology (from the Coventry University in England); he can thus speak to both the theological and scientific aspects of such controversies.

Assyrian Treaty Tablet Discovered at Tell Tayinat, Turkey posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

A cache of cuneiform tablets unearthed by a team led by a University of Toronto archeologist has been found to contain a largely intact Assyrian treaty from the early 7th century BC.

Restoring Ancient Babylon posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

A current study, known as the Future of Babylon project, documents the damage from water mainly associated with the Euphrates River and irrigation systems nearby. The ground is saturated just below the surface at sites of the Ishtar Gate and the long-gone Hanging Gardens, one of the seven wonders. Bricks are crumbling, temples collapsing. The Tower of Babel, long since reduced to rubble, is surrounded by standing water.

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