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Yoav Arbel (Ariel Schalit/AP Photo)

Every so often, Israeli archaeologists make an announcement that others run with in attempts to prove the Bible a history book. Few serious scientists and non-believing scholars today view the Bible as an infallible history textbook, but that fact will not stop the faithful from trying to fit each piece of pottery, every building block found in Israel, into the biblical picture.

In this way, we have been subjected to a raucous parade of “artifacts” in recent years, such as the so-called James Ossuary with a forged inscription; the “Jesus Family Tomb,” which was useless for biblical purposes; the fake ivory pomegranate supposedly from Solomon’s temple, and the bogus “Yoash/ Jehoash inscription,” which purportedly proved the temple’s existence once and for all. Even more recently, a scrap of what is claimed to be the oldest Hebrew writing was used to “prove” the Bible correct, even though it does nothing of the sort. This sort of holy forgery and propaganda mill has been in existence almost since the beginning, with a long list of bogus relics and misinterpreted finds.

Another genuine find demonstrating early human occupation in Israel in reality disproves the Bible, at least in its interpreted timeline of depicting the world as having been created in 4004 BCE, per Bishop Ussher’s calculations:

Two weeks ago, Israeli archaeologists uncovered the 8,000-year-old remains of a prehistoric structure nestled away in the upscale neighborhood of Ramat Aviv. The cornerstone of the ancient building, which lies on a construction site for exclusive apartments, long precedes the time of Abraham and the rest of the Bible’s figures.

This 8,000-year-old discovery shows that there were humans in Israel two thousand years before the world was created, according to many Bible literalists! And this find is not alone in its antiquity: The city of Jericho’s foundation is millennia older, and very ancient remains of human culture dating tens of thousands of years ago have also been found in Israel. By comparison, the Bible and its portrayals constitute much later human artifacts and innovations.

Sources & Further Reading

Prehistoric Building Found in Modern Israeli City
Biblical Artifacts Declared Fakes: Arrests in Israel for Forgery
Oldest Hebrew writing proves Bible?
Oldest piece of Bible ever found?