Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Chalk Another Up for the Bible
(On further examination, there have been some serious doubts that have been raised about the claims made by the Egyptian team. Please see this reference: http://www.sbcbaptistpress.org/bpnews.asp?id=31388.)
Many archeologists have attested to how their evidence lines up so well with Biblical revelation. In an interview with Lee Strobel, archeologist John McRay asserted that,
• “Archeology has not produced anything that is unequivocally a contradiction to the Bible. On the contrary, as we’ve seen, there have been many opinions of skeptical scholars that have become codified into ‘fact’ over the years, but that archeology has shown to be wrong.” (The Case for Christ)
However, many have claimed that archeology has failed to produce any hard, extra-biblical evidence that Israel was ever in Egypt. However, this has changed. Cairo’s Al Ahram newspaper recently reported that coins had been discovered among artifacts at the Museum of Egypt bearing the name and image of the Biblical Joseph:
• “A thorough examination revealed that the coins bore the year in which they were minted and their value, or the effigies of the pharaohs at the time of their minting. Some of the coins are from the time when Joseph lived in Egypt, and bear his name and portrait.” (Reported by www.JPost.com)
This finding is not only remarkable because it appears to confirm the Biblical account. It also confirms what seems so extraordinary or perhaps supernatural – that a Jew had risen to the prominence of an Egyptian Pharaoh – something that skeptical historians would have discounted from the get-go.