Archaeologists are excited over some discoveries that may hold the key to secrets of the Holy Bible after digging at a famous site in Israel.
Joined by dozens of volunteers, a team of experts led by Dr Scott Stripling, director of excavations at Ancient Shiloh, has been unearthing remarkable finds at what is believed to be the ancient city of Samaria mentioned in the Old Testament.
This was the first capital of ancient Israel and deemed a sacred spot because the tabernacle, where people came to connect with God, stood for more than 300 years, the archaeologists claim.
Dr Stripling, who is the author of a number of books, including The Trowel and the Truth, insists that the current discoveries may prove the stories of the Bible to be far from mere mythology, as some assert.
“We’re dealing with real people, real places and real events – this is not mythology…The coins that we excavated today, we’re talking about coins of Herod the Great, Pontius Pilate, Thestos, Felix, Agrippa the First, Agrippa the Second. The Bible talks about these people, we’ve got the image right here”, the director of the dig was quoted by CBN News as saying.
The archaeologists also dug up a trove of pottery in the ground, which Dr Stripling believes could be a match with the items used during the Wedding at Cana, where the transformation of water into wine was the first miracle attributed to Jesus in the Gospel of John.
“This one was from yesterday, it’s been washed already, you see the same form right out of the ground, these are the handles from the stone vessels. Remember Jesus’ first miracle at Cana, they were stone jars full of water. Once we learn the pottery, we can use it as our primary lead of data”, said the expert.
The archaeologist continued:
“You can read the Bible, you can walk the Bible, but the ultimate is to dig the Bible”.
Dr Stripling says his finds can neither prove nor disprove the stories in the Bible.
Three altar horns were discovered at Tel Shiloh this past summer, during #excavations carried out by the @DigTheBible team led by Dr. Scott Stripling.— Watch Jerusalem (@watch_jerusalem) November 5, 2019
These stone blocks, each with a projecting "horn," would have been placed at the corners of an altar.https://t.co/cyQ5M9mqa9
What they can offer, he says, is to paint a picture of the people who wrote the biblical text in order to “get an ancient literary description and get the material that matches that”.
Anti-biblical bias among archaeologists countered by evidence from Dr. Scott Stripling who directs the excavation at Shiloh, Israel, where the biblical tabernacle was erected for centuries before the temple in Jerusalem was built. Read Thinker Update!https://t.co/j8sUc1bssH pic.twitter.com/be1e4l6Nz6— Patterns Of Evidence (@PattOfEvidence) June 15, 2019
The archaeologist is known for exposing what he refers to as “anti-biblical bias” among today’s archaeologists.
The expert’s books typically offer a layman-level guide to field archaeology, besides highlighting some of the “convergences” between the biblical text and the archaeological discoveries made in the lands of the Bible.