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Reports of Abraham's impossible camels shouldn't put a "hump" in the way of believers. So say evangelical scholars in response to highly publicized recent research claiming that the Bible's portrayal of domestic camels in the time of Abraham is inconsistent with the historical record. The report is just the latest in a long line of attention-grabbing headlines "debunking" the Bible (remember the Gospel of Judas?).

CT sums up:

While it has been difficult for archaeologists and historians to pin down the exact time and location when camels were domesticated, there is evidence to suggest that the Genesis accounts are not a biblical anachronism.
… Archaeologists usually remember that "absence of evidence is not evidence of absence." The absence of evidence for Hittites once fueled some 19th-century debates over the Bible—until the vast Hittite empire was discovered in Anatolia. Questions about the Book of Daniel once focused on the absence of the prominently featured Belshazzar from Babylonian king lists—until it was discovered that Belshazzar was actually the son of Nabonidus, and co-regent.

So don't bump those camels out of the Abraham story quite yet.

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Posted: February 17, 2014; All posts for week of February 17, 2014

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