I came across this article today about ancient camels and how they are supposed to debunk the ancient stories of Genesis. Please read below.
I really don’t want to have a huge discussion about carbon dating to try and use it as a straw man. What I have seen is that there is so much disagreement about that topic amongst scientist both Christian and not that I can’t hang my hat on that theory to prove or disprove anything alone. But in reading this I was shocked by the huge claims that are made from this small amount of evidence like:
“The findings, described in the journal Tel Aviv, draw more attention to the disagreements between Biblical texts and verifiable history.”
According to a university statement, “In addition to challenging the Bible’s historicity, this anachronism is direct proof that the text was compiled well after the events it describes.” Christian Post
Just wow, from a small sampling of camel bones are these huge conclusions. Is that scientific? All of the scientists I know would be very cautious in making such wide claims with so little evidence. What about some honest questions like:
- How large of a sample is this that they are using? From what I’ve read it seems like a very small sample from a small area of the region.
- They have also found bones of “wild camels” in the sampling dating back to the time of Abraham, Moses and David (Neolothic Era). What is the difference between a wild camel, domesticated and ones being used as pack animals? Can this distinction be made from this sampling?
- Does the evidence really support the claim or does it support a belief?
Also, we have to acknowledge the wealth of extra-biblical data that supports the biblical historical account including the Ebla tablet, Merneptha tablet, Hittite Capital Discovery, Walls of Jericho, Seal of Barruch, remains of Soddom and Gomorrah and so much more. Personally, I want to take these thoughts as a deeper discussion of the actual practices of the ancients and what it may have looked like. Not make any broad assumptions based on something so small.
Finally, does anyone remember the “Jesus’ Wife Papyrus” that supposedly showed that Jesus was married and had kids, caused a huge controversy saying it disproved Christianity and was finally found not that long after to be a hoax? See below if you haven’t read it.
I just don’t get very excited over these things and I am not going to put my faith and trust in some obscure camel data against the wealth of history, evidence, knowledge, and professionalism of Christianity.