King Solomon’s Mine

Judgment of Solomon (19th century engraving)


A documentary primarily (they normally have skeptics on them as well) providing additional proof that the biblical account in the Hebrew scriptures is reliable was focused on King Solomon and King David:

Return to King Solomon’s mines
MSNBC – Nov 24, 2010
Alan Boyle writes:Did King David and Solomon actually exist? The long-running debate over the accuracy of biblical accounts is resurfacing on TV and in print…
a few pieces of evidence that have emerged in recent years:

  • An inscription on a stone monument found at Israel’s Tel Dan archaeological site has been dated to the 9th century B.C. and appears to refer to a royal “House of David,” although that interpretation has been disputed.
  • Another inscription, found on a pottery sherd from the 10th century B.C., represents the earliest-known example of Hebrew writing. The inscription’s similarity to biblical texts suggests that at least some parts of the Bible really do go back to David’s day.
  • The Israeli site where that shard was found, Khirbet Qeiyafa, appears to have been a fortified city taking in about six acres of area. Archaeologists found hundreds of bones from cattle, goats, sheep and fish — but no pig bones, which led them to claim that this was a Judean rather than a Philistine settlement.
  • Researchers have also found the remains of a huge copper-mining operation in Jordan that could have gone back to the 10th century B.C. and provided Solomon with his wealth.

Such trails of evidence are the focus of “Quest for King Solomon’s Mines,” premiering tonight on PBS public-TV stations; as well as “Kings of Controversy,” National Geographic’s cover story for the December issue.

While I missed that particular documentary, some of the above findings have been reported here previously at COGwriter.

Throughout the centuries, various objections from skeptics raised about the Bible have been proven wrong as  over time time, archaeology continues to find more ancient artifacts.

Of course, for those of us who believe the Bible, no further proof is needed. But for some who have heard statements from pseudo-archaeologists that deny the biblical accounts, it may be helpful for them to realize that as time goes on, more and more archaeological evidence surfaces that supports the Bible.

Some items of possibly related interest may include:

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.
Read the Bible Christians should read and study the Bible. This article gives some rationale for regular bible reading.
What is the Appropriate Form of Biblical Interpretation? Should the Bible be literally understood? What do the writings of the Bible, Origen, Herbert W. Armstrong, and Augustine show?
Bible and Historical Resources on the Internet Electronic bibles, Two Babylons, early Christian literature, photos, and even links to old Herbert W. Armstrong materials.

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