Biblical Archeology

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On Wednesday Night, November 1st , we will discuss Biblical Archeology. I was recently given an article from the Jewish website called aish.com with the title “Biblical Archeology: Sodom and Gomorrah” written by Rabbi Leibel Reznick that summarized the last hundred years or so of some archeology in the southern part of the Dead Sea. Buried in the sands on the shores of the Dead Sea were found 5 cities very similar to the 5 cities recorded in Genesis 14 –┬áSodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim, and Bela (or Zoar).

This is very interesting because “higher critical biblical” scholars of the late 19th and early 20th centuries had decided that “the whole story of Sodom and Gomorrah is unhistorical…[and] purely products of the storyteller’s art.” In other words, they say the┬áBiblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah is not true.

Proverbs 25:2 says “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.” And so it seems whenever archeologists go and dig in some ancient place that the Glory of God is revealed. In this case, it appears that these ancient digs bear a striking resemblance to the Biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah.

While Biblical archeological discoveries may be exciting, it leaves the Christian with a dilemma. The Scriptures remind us that our FAITH is NOT based on SIGHT. In 2 Corinthians 5:7, it says “we walk by faith, not by sight” and in Hebrews 11:1 “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” and 4 times in the Bible we are told that “the just shall live by faith.

So that will be our question for the evening:

How does Biblical Archaeology affect your faith?

  • Has no effect (68%, 15 Votes)
  • Helps (32%, 7 Votes)
  • Hinders (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 22

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