Monuments Found At Gobekli Tepe In Turkey Look Modern

Supposedly 7,500 years earlier than Stonehenge or the Great Pyramid, and 6,000 years prior to what evolution deemed to be the earliest known writing, Gobeli Tepe has archaeologists shaking their heads in amazement and been bewildered by this discovery for more than ten years now. Also, it is believed there is much more under the surface which will keep archaeologists pretty busy for years to come.

What generally is not understood by evolutionists is always labeled as some sort of ritual, in this case it’s no exception. Last November the Smithsonian reported the findings at Gobeli Tepe  as being the oldest temple discovered.

“Six miles from Urfa, an ancient city in southeastern Turkey, Klaus Schmidt has made one of the most startling archaeological discoveries of our time: massive carved stones about 11,000 years old, crafted and arranged by prehistoric people who had not yet developed metal tools or even pottery.”

“The megaliths predate Stonehenge by some 6,000 years. The place is called Gobekli Tepe, and Schmidt, a German archaeologist who has been working here more than a decade, is convinced it’s the site of the world’s oldest temple.”

But with further study, the monuments were found to be artistically advanced and not a temple which prompted further speculation as evolutionists are trying to fit it into a certain timetable. As the old saying in evolution goes, the older it is, the more simple it should be. But one has to keep in mind, dating methods are not a certainty by any means. Cosmic rays do play a factor in radiocarbon dating as surges can affect the data collected. There is no way to predict cosmic ray surges from the past or other factors that could affect the data as of yet we are unaware of.

Like I stated previously, the old evolutionary saying is, the older it is, the more simple it is, but one can’t really say this for the monuments found at Gobekli Tepe which look very well made with a clear sense of  geometry and communication, not something you would find for for supposedly primitive humans.

This reminds me of the Chauvet Cave which I had written about in a previous post, what surprised evolutionists was they had dated the cave with all it’s paintings about 10,000 older than the ones found in Lascaux yet the paintings in the Chauvet Cave were clearly by far, more advanced artistically than the newer ones found at Lascaux.

There is enough evidence to cast a major doubts on pre-Sumerian history (which doesn’t agree with biblical history and is in conflict with newer discoveries) and I predict there will be more to come as scientists take a closer look at Gobekli Tepe or other sites which have yet to be discovered.

Congratuations Associates for Biblical Research

Israeli Antiquities Authority has approved ABR for archaeological excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir not too far from Jerusalem. It’s very exciting considering the last time they were there was back in 1995.  Here is a news bit from their site

“The location of Joshua’s Ai has been a matter of mystery and controversy since the beginnings of archaeological research in Palestine. Most archaeologists locate Joshua’s Ai at et-Tell, 1 km. east of our site. At et-Tell there is no indication of occupation at the time of Joshua. This has led scholars to doubt the historicity of the account of the capture of Ai, and the Conquest in general.”

“To find the true site where the Biblical event took place would be a very significant and important discovery, having far-reaching implications for a correct understanding of the early history of Israel. Excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir began in 1995. Thus far, the city gate and wall system have been revealed. In 2009, we will continue to excavate these features as we uncover the plan of this 15th century BC Canaanite fortress.”

“ABR excavated at Khirbet el-Maqatir from 1995 to 2000. Since then, ABR has been patiently waiting for the right opportunity to return and continue our original research and excavation work in Israel. Since the dig has been approved, we ask for you to pray for God to continue open the doors so we may be optimally production in doing this important begun at the site in 1995.”

Volunteers are welcomed! Anyone interested in a once in a lifetime adventure and interested in history should should go on this trip. The area in which they are staying is a safe spot, and away from the problem areas one can encounter over there. The locals are pretty friendly with ABR. I’m considering going myself especially with possible implications of newly discovered objects that could shed light on the biblical account. The cost of the trip is also tax dedicable for US citizens.

Oldest Hebrew Writings Discovered In Hirbet Qeiyafa

This is a pretty exciting discovery for Christians, the oldest Hebrew writing found to date is about 3,000 years old…‘Yossi Garfinkel, the Israeli archaeologist leading the excavations at Hirbet Qeiyafa, released his conclusions about the writing Thursday after months of study.

“The shard was found near the stairs and stone washtub of an excavated home. It was later discovered to bear characters known as proto-Canaanite, a precursor of the Hebrew alphabet.

The Israelites were not the only ones using the proto-Canaanite characters, and other scholars suggest it is difficult – perhaps impossible – to conclude the text is Hebrew. However, Garfinkel based his identification on a three-letter verb from the inscription meaning “to do,” a word he said existed only in Hebrew.”

“That leads us to believe that this is Hebrew, and that this is the oldest Hebrew inscription that has been found,” he said. -MH

This new discovering of finding the oldest Hebrew writings to date has some implications. Firstly, it’s important to the accurancy of the Biblical accounts of events. It gives physical evidence that in acient Israel you find literate people who could pass on the Word of God accurately, long before the Bible was complete.

The second implication, is the belief that Israel claims to the land as God-given in the modern era. While it’s true, the land they do now have, belongs to the Jews because of war, and purchasing the land. But the Jews hold no claim because David’s Kingdom used to be there. More on the the true Israel of God in my website.

“The fortified settlement where the writing was found contains indications that a powerful Israelite kingdom existed near Jerusalem in David’s time, says Garfinkel.

If his claim is borne out, it would bolster the case for the Bible’s accuracy by indicating the Israelites could record events as they happened, transmitting the history that was recorded in the Old Testament several hundred years later.”

Indeed, archaeology is a very important field to creationists, and to Christians in general. The very foundation in which we believe is being proven as time progresses. Hopefully more discoveries like this one which deals with the oldest Hebrew writings will surface as well!

High-Precision Radiocarbon Dating Disproves Skeptics of Biblical Account

Skeptics had previously dismissed the biblical account that Edom was active with industrial-scale metal production in the 10th and 9th centuries. British archaeologists in the 1970s and 1980s were the first ones to start excavations in the highlands of Edom.

Skeptics claimed the Bible was heavily edited in the 5th century, long after the events took place. The archaeologists during the 70s and 80s concluded by using ceramic dating methods that Edom did not start until 7th c. BCE. Therefore the copper mines had no connection with the biblical account of Solomon, but a new discovery has brought new light to those assumptions from skeptics. PNAS reports…

“Recent excavations and high-precision radiocarbon dating from the largest Iron Age (IA, ca. 1200–500 BCE) copper production center in the southern Levant demonstrate major smelting activities in the region of biblical Edom (southern Jordan) during the10th and 9th centuries BCE.

“Stratified radiocarbon samples and artifacts were recorded with precise digital surveying tools linked to a geographic information system developed to control on-sites spatial analyses of archaeological finds and model data within innovative visualization tools.”

“The new radiocarbon dates push back by 2 centuries the accepted IA chronology of Edom. Data from Khirbat en-Nahas, and the nearby site of Rujm Hamra Ifdan, demonstrate the centrality of industrial-scale metal production during those centuries traditionally linked closely to political events in Edom’s 10th century BCE neighbor ancient Israel.”

“Consequently,the rise of IA Edom is linked to the power vacuum created by the collapse of Late Bronze Age (LB, ca. 1300 BCE) civilizations and the disintegration of the LB Cypriot copper monopoly that dominated the eastern Mediterranean.”

“The methodologies applied to the historical IA archaeology of the Levant have implications for other parts of the world where sacred and historical texts interface with the material record.”

This is certainly is good news for Christians all over the world, another aspect of science which confirms the biblical account while challenging the skeptics with their re-interpretation of the Biblical accounts of events. Their dating methods was nothing more than to try and discredit the Bible as being a legend or myth.

The battle might be won with this new discovery in archaeology, but the war is far from over. Many researchers generally don’t trust ancient writings like the ones who bright this finding to light ( which has much to do with their beliefs in evolution). But still, there are other dates of events which were set by skeptics (minimalists) and they too could eventually be falsified as well with more modern techniques.

“The 14C dates associated with smelting debris layers from Faynan reported here demonstrate intensive 10th–9th c. BCE industrial metallurgical activities conducted by complex societies.

The analytical approach advocated here argues for an historical biblical archaeology rooted in the application of science-based methods that enables subcentury dating and the control of the spatial context of data through digital recording tools.”

Even if secular researchers did take ancient writings more seriously with archaelogy, it would be still important to conduct more research in this area. Nothing wrong about finding more information about the past especially when it confirms the Bible. Great news indeed!