Could Ancient Ruins be Proof of the Exodus?
A recent archaeological find may be proof of the Exodus
by Misty Callahan
In the July/August 2018 edition of Biblical Archaeology review, archaeologists Ralph K. Hawkins and David Ben-Shlomo published their findings in regards to a site near the River Jordan called Khirbet el Mastarah. They suggest that the site may be evidence for the story of Exodus.
Just the Facts, Ma’am
Over the past few years, archaeologists have made many discoveries that support the Bible. I’ve written about a few of them here and here. As a history lover, it was the historicity of the Bible, in particular, the New Testament that helped bring me to faith. So, needless to say, when I saw that there may be another archaeological discovery that supported the biblical account, I was excited!
A recent article for the UK’s Daily Express, the author discusses the recent discovery made by two archaeologists, Ralph K Hawkins, and David Ben-Shlomo. According to the article, a lot more work still needs to be done before anything can be definitively said about the site. In fact, soil samples were recently sent for analysis and it’s said it will take months before they will get the results.
So, is it proof of the Exodus account? Well, according to Dr. David Ben-Shlomo:
“WE HAVE NOT PROVED THAT THESE CAMPS ARE FROM THE PERIOD OF THE EARLY ISRAELITES, BUT IT IS POSSIBLE,” SAID DAVID BEN-SHLOMO, AN ARCHAEOLOGIST WITH ARIEL UNIVERSITY.
“IF THEY ARE, THIS MIGHT FIT THE BIBLICAL STORY OF THE ISRAELITES COMING FROM EAST OF THE JORDAN RIVER, THEN CROSSING THE JORDAN AND ENTERING INTO THE HILL COUNTRY OF ISRAEL LATER.”
The article goes on to say…