Old Testament History Revised – What If the Bible is Correct About History?

This write-up is the very first in a collection of articles that provide the concepts of my print-on-demand publication, “The 4th Day: Why the Holy Bible is Historically Accurate”.

When I was university student, I was introduced to the idea of scriptural inerrancy. My priest, Al Jackson of Lakeview Baptist Church in Auburn, Alabama, drove the factor home that words of God, the Scriptures, was “God-breathed”. He clarified that considering that the Holy bible was “God-breathed” it was created likewise as Adam when God breathed life right into man in guide of Genesis. The Bible was made, much like male was at production, when God instructed over forty writers precisely what to create. The Scriptures was created in the feeling that the whole publication’s objective is the revelation of the messiah of mankind, Jesus Christ. The Bible indicate Christ in very straight means by offering the specific characteristics of his human life. The revelations of the Old Testament showed he would be born in Bethlehem, with the line of Jesse, as well as by a virgin. The spiritual aspects of Christ are alluded to in the icons of the atonement sacrifices where pets were put on an altar and after that sprinkled with salt, a sign of eternity, to stand for the once-and-for-all sacrifice that the Boy of God would make on a cross eventually. God worked with all this info to indicate Christ, God’s prepare for man’s salvation.

Since the time that my priest discussed these points to me I have taken them to heart and also I have researched the Scriptures with the attitude that the Scriptures is historically right in addition to emotionally correct. Traditional Christians have actually embraced this approach in every subject covered in the Scriptures with the exception of one, chronology. Chronology, the research study of the historical timeline, has actually been a subject where it seems the Christian neighborhood has actually acknowledged defeat. For whatever factor, Christians in the contemporary period have actually sought compromise with scholars, a number of whom are downright antagonistic to Christian beliefs, so that the timeline of the Bible would have the stamp of credibility from chroniclers.

A write-up in Biblical Archaelogy Testimonial effectively demonstrates the level of Biblical antagonism that ancient community can show. Take into consideration an excerpt from the opening paragraph of a post qualified Minimalists on Ceremony (Scriptural Archaeology Testimonial, Jan/Feb 2005, Vol 31, No. 1, Web Page 16-17): “At a recent seminar on rebuilding Israelite background kept in Rome, the supposed Biblical minimal position was maintained by a variety of noticeable scholars. This setting is not monolithic, however, as well as various minimalist scholars stressed different debates. Among them:

* The Bible can not be made use of as a historical source. [The placement that specifies a Biblical minimal.]
* Neither can archaeology, which can only inform us whether ancient Israelites consumed from a dish 20 or 30 centimeters vast. A background of Israel based on archaeology is pointless.

* There was no Exodus.

* The popular Tel Dan engraving pointing out David, excavated by Israeli archaeologist Avraham Biran, is possibly a bogus; as well as the Hebrew words in the inscription that read “Home [Empire] of David” probably suggest something else.

* David as well as Solomon are just symbolic personalities, unreal characters.

* The Biblical accounts of the United Kingdom of Judah and also Israel under David and Solomon are just later forecasts into a distant mythic past.

* Judah did not even become a state till concerning a hundred years after David-if he lived.” One scholar pointed out in this article, Giovanni Garbini of the Universita’ di Roma La Sapienza, makes an especially provocative comment in this article: “The name Jacob “is plainly a fabricated development of post-exilic age [after the Babylonian Expatriation] It was not Jacob who became Israel, yet Israel who came to be Jacob …”. These minimalists, who appear to represent most of the archaeological community, do not regard the Scriptures as historically accurate. Among their objections: they don’t think that David, Solomon or Jacob existed as well as don’t believe the Exodus ever occurred. These positions are as idealogically opposed to the conventional Christian sight of the Scriptures as one can picture. So why should we (Christians) seek the counsel of this group in the understanding of such a precious principle as the historical timeline of the Scriptures? Yet this is what has actually taken place.

Below’s an additional trouble with relying upon the scientific area to confirm the Bible: they have “logical” blinders on. Scientists that have no faith in Christ are limited in their capability to investigate since they presume that certain phenomena are difficult also before the investigation has begun. Since they consider themselves to be “rational” scientists the assumption that an “unreasonable” event has taken place is implausible. The scientific technique generally enables anyone to make an assumption (any presumption), conduct research study of well-known truths or run an experiment and utilize the research and/or the experiment to verify the assumption. These “logical” researchers when faced with an “unreasonable” presumption simply jump over the research study and also experimental process as well as state that the assumption in invalid because they have actually thought the “illogical” presumption is just not feasible. So why do these “sensible” scientists behave this way? Well, think about the following opportunity. Allow’s state that an “unreasonable” occasion is presumed and info is gathered or an experiment is executed to verify its validity. Let’s say that the illogical event has actually been validated. What would certainly be the reaction of the “rational” scientist? Greater than likely, full rejection. Such a result would develop total turmoil in his approach given that his “logical” technique of investigation, the clinical approach, would certainly have been made use of to confirm that an “irrational” occasion was possible. So what is an “irrational” occasion? It is just an additional means of saying a superordinary event, one that is beyond our understanding. Can the clinical procedure be made use of to verify an “irrational” occasion? Jesus Christ assumed so. Jesus was describing this concept of being “born once again” to a Pharisee called Nicodemus in the New Testament (John 3:8): “The wind strikes where it wants, as well as you right here its noise, yet you do not know where it originates from or where it goes. So it is with every person birthed of the Spirit.” Nicodemus was plainly confused by this principle of being “birthed once more” but Jesus was saying that even if you didn’t understood or believe this superordinary sensation can occur, much like something as abstract as the wind, there would be tangible proof of it.

Absolutely not all researchers count on this manner, but the terrific bulk of them do. The number of these researchers will view the Bible with no presumptions? When these scientists review in the Scriptures that the Earth was produced in seven days they will certainly not consider this as real due to the fact that they have actually been trained that the universe is billions of years of ages. When these scientists check out that a man lived to be 969 years of ages in the Scriptures they dismiss it as misconception or fairy tale because guys don’t currently live to be that old. They will certainly rule out the possibility that at one time in history men did live Christ in you that long. When these males check out the account of Noah and an around the world flooding they have always connected it to “neighborhood” flooding. This might have some ring of reality to it because till that time, according to the Bible, the globe was one big land mass (the world was all in one area, i.e., local). According to the Scriptures the continents didn’t divide till the life of Peleg, a descendant of Noah. Once more, the scientists certainly are not going to concur with this theory of the land mass shift due to the fact that they will certainly insist that this geological process needed numerous years to fit the activity of the continental land masses. Since these archeologists differ with Christians in so many essential matters defined in the Bible just how will we ever reach an arrangement on a historical timeline?

Today sequential version of the Scriptures is based on a mixture of Scriptural reality as well as theoretical historic models. I believe it is time that we think about a brand-new technique to Biblical chronology. The model I suggest is based exclusively on the details in the Scriptures. If the Holy bible holds true then historians will certainly validate the result of the theologians (thinking the theologians have translated the Holy bible correctly). Why should God’s Word need to be verified by males? If the Scriptures is really trustworthy the truth of the Holy bible ought to be laid out for men to see and reply to its truth. In 1995 David Rohl, an Egyptologist, created his publication A Test in Time to suggest a radically different concept in chronology. He recommended a timeline that was based upon some Scriptural proof. As a matter of fact, Rohl’s suggested date of Solomon’s reign is consistent with the timeline developed from my literal interpretation of the Scriptures. What is even more outstanding regarding David Rohl is that he is explained among excavators as a maximalist, somebody who believes the Holy bible is historically accurate, yet he defines himself as a spiritual “agnostic”. If David Rohl is a maximalist then I am a “optimum” maximalist, someone dramatically to the right of David Rohl’s view because I think that the Scriptures is traditionally accurate and also without a doubt the really word of God as it asserts to be. As a result I think my point of view on the chronology of the Bible differs anything you have actually ever before heard prior to.

The objective of my publication, “The 4th Day: Why the Scriptures is Historically Accurate”, was to confirm a biblical concept that I think will certainly integrate the occasions tape-recorded in the Holy bible with Egyptian background, Babylonian history, Persian background as well as Archaeology. The recognition of this idea will permit the visitor to tie together all these locations of study in one cool plan so that when viewed with each other there is no discrepancy in between the Holy bible and also these other aspects of ancient background. The acknowledgment of this principle will certainly also illustrate that the Bible is not just a reliable religious record but a reliable historic paper due to its sequential precision. First, assume that from the get go of production throughout of the millennial power of Jesus Christ is a period of 7000 years; an amount of time analogous to the 7 day period of creation of the globe mentioned in the book of Genesis. Next, recognize that the sacrifice of the Passover lamb in the Old Testament is symbolic of the truth that Jesus Christ was tortured exactly 4000 years after the development of the world. According to the Mosaic Law each household that observed Passover was to acquire a lamb 4 days before the day of Passover and that lamb was to live in that household up until the late afternoon of the day when the Israelite clergyman had to give up the lamb and also it was to be completed by nightfall. I believe these 4 days were God’s method of showing that the lamb of God, Jesus Christ, would certainly be given up on a cross 4000 years after the creation of the globe. For that reason, symbolically and also in reality, Jesus Christ was compromised on the 4th day.

When you identify this idea to be real, numerous substantial conclusions regarding background become noticeable. The Israelite Monarchies of David and also Solomon happened concerning 180 years behind held by chroniclers. The period of the Persian Empire from Cyrus the Great’s announcement of the rebuilding of Jerusalem up until Alexander the Great’s invasion lasted only 21 years (not the approximately 200 year duration presently held by chroniclers). Egypt did not have a king (a Pharaoh) for 300 years in between the 20th and also 21st dynasties. I support these conclusions utilizing the Holy bible, Astronomy, Archaeology, the writings of ancient chroniclers as well as the monoliths of ancient kings.