Archaeology: Proving Genesis Right...Again

    I wanted to share an article with you from Bible History Daily. Archaeologists are studying a site in Jordan they think is one of the earliest dating to 7000 BC. (Keep in mind, however, there are sites in Turkey dating to the same era and earlier.) It has transformed their ideas of primitive man.


    Article quote:

    The Jibal al-Khashabiyeh kites and associated finds show that the region’s Neolithic people were far more sophisticated than previously thought, and had developed a mass hunting strategy that would have required wide-scale cooperation and resource mobilization. The finds also suggest that the region’s Neolithic people hunted for more than subsistence purposes and likely had complex trade relations with neighboring regions.  


    Shocker right? Only to those who don't view Genesis in a literal context.


    A kite in this article is not something you fly. It is a trap to hunt hoofed animals in the desert. The traps have long stone walls that narrow into an enclosed area. Pilots flying over the desert who saw them from the air named these structures kites because they resembled a drawing of a kite. To the first adventurers who stumbled upon them, and to the observer on the ground, the purpose of these traps were not obvious.


    In the book The Wilderness of Zin, by C. Leonard Wooley and T. E. Lawrence, the kites near Ain el Guderat are described as mysterious. Their conclusion may have been influenced by the local legends that said any man or animal who lay down there in summer would succumb to a fever resembling malaria, and any one who ate the meat of an animal feeding in the area would become ill.  So to be fair, they may not have been thinking about large scale hunting expeditions. The local advice given to the adventurers may reveal the ancients did not hunt in summer when the mosquito-type insects were plentiful.


    Anyway- here is their description from "Chapter IV. Ain Kadeis and Kossaima" on page 63:

    Starting above this Byzantine village, and running eastward along the hill-top, there is one of the long and puzzling walls which, like those elsewhere in the Negeb, appear to start and go on and end so aimlessly. It is a wall of dry stone, perhaps three-quarters of a mile long in all, and still perfectly preserved. It has been piled up very carelessly, from two to three feet thick, and from three to five feet high. It runs reasonably directly along the hill, never at the crest, but always a little way down the valley slope; it crosses gullies on the hill-side, without varying its height or taking any regard of them; in one place it is broken by plain openings, flanked internally by a square enclosure, a few feet each way, like a pound, or a temporary shelter. Its purpose is mysterious.


    So now that you know what a kite is, I hope you will read the article. And when you do...

    • Take note of one piece of information that says they also found fossils of marine animals at the site. What? In a desert? Where did they come from?


    Some think they know when these fossils were formed. It was a climate change event called The Great Dying. 


    Um yeah...   You can read all about it in Genesis 6-9.


    Consider this– if archaeological discoveries are forcing you to change your theories about ancient man, maybe you need new theories. Have you noticed lately how evolution's theories are reflecting the truth of the Bible's account of man? Like a cataclysmic event when, "the closest that life on Earth has come to being extinguished,"   and a not so primitive ancient man,  "the region’s Neolithic people were far more sophisticated than previously thought." 


    I could talk about this all day, but I want you to share this with your friends. The article and book links are below.  

    Striking Discovery Sheds Light on Neolithic People 

    You can read The Desert of Zin here.

    Also, are you interested in learning more about ancient men and the Bible? Check out our books on Noah and Abraham here.


    Image by Thomas Park courtesy of Unsplash.



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