Archeology: First Post-Exodus Evidence?

Jordan Valley site the first built after the Exodus?


The following was of interest today:

Have the first Israelite sites built after Exodus been found?

Haaretz – April 6, 2009
A Haifa University archaeologist on Monday said he has unearthed structures in the shape of human feet believed to have been erected by the Israelites upon their initial entry to the Land of Canaan.Prof. Adam Zertal said that the large compounds discovered in the Jordan Valley were “the first sites to have been built by the Israelites upon entering Canaan and manifest the biblical notion of claiming ownership of the land by setting feet on it.”

Prof. Zertal’s excavation team uncovered five large foot-shaped compounds that he identifies as the biblical site of Gilgal.Most contemporary archaeologists do not consider the Israelite Exodus from Egypt and the conquest of Israel to be verifiable historical events. Zertal is one of the few Israeli archaeologists who claim to have found archaeological evidence supporting the Israelite entrance to Canaan.

Zertal’s most famous discovery is a compound on Mount Ebal near Nablus, which he identified as the site of the Covenant ceremony depicted in the biblical Book of Joshua. Other archaeologists have identified that site as a watchtower.

Zertal has also recently claimed to have found clay markings unique to early Israelites, around the time of the conquest of Canaan described in the Bible.

According to the Book of Joshua, the Israelites arrived at Gilgal after having crossed the Jordan River. Some researchers have claimed that Gilgal is named after the collection of stones at the site that were used during various rituals, but no archaeological evidence has been discovered to support that claim.

Since 1990, five sites shaped like human feet have been excavated in the Jordan Valley. All five date back to the early Iron Age (12th to 13th centuries B.C.E.), and their shapes indicate that they were used as communal gathering places.

Zertal said that the foot-shaped sites were used during ceremonies following the Israelites’ entry into the Land of Canaan. He added that the concept of the Jewish pilgrimage to Jerusalem on three major holidays (known as “aliya la’regel” or ascending on foot) also originates from the foot-shaped sites in the Jordan Valley and Mount Ebal.

This is exciting, presuming that it is true.  The fact is that the Bible is reliable whether or not “most contemporary archaeologists” accept it to be or not.  Throughout the past couple of centuries, archeologists that disputed biblical accounts on many matters have often proven to have been in error.

The exodus did happen, and over time, more archeological evidence is likely to be uncovered.

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The Bible: Fact or Fiction? This is a booklet written by Douglas Winnail that answers if the Bible is just a collection of myths and legends or the inspired word of God.

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