Recent finds in southern Israel are challenging the historical authenticity of the Bible. What’s making them make this claim? Camels of course! Stinky, big, noisy camels! And they’re making quite a stir.
The bones were found in the Aravah Valley in the southern Levant in certain archaeological layers which date to the 9th century BC during the time when this region was the main centre of copper production in the Levant.
This new date of domesticated camels causes a debate in regards to the Bibles authenticity because patriarchal figures such as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were all said to have ridden them in stories originating from the 12th century BC between 2,000 and 1,500 years ago.
From dating copper production sites in the Aravah Valley, archaeologists could pinpoint when camels came to the area from the Arabian Peninsula, where they were originally domesticated and used as pack animals.
The holy book has since been challenged as being a reliable historical source and makes one question its credibility in this regard, and whether it can be used as a source in scientific reports.
Camels greatly enhanced the trade and social features of the valley and in Israel between neighbouring Jordan and other states.
So I think the answer to whether or not camels are challenging the Bible’s accuracy is – probably yes. I’m not against the Bible, but scientifically it does make it difficult to use as an historical source.