Carbon dating debate
Carbon dating debate
Several times during the recent Nye-Ham Debate, Ken Ham referred to history recorded in the Bible to answer questions Nye called “great mysteries.” Recent statements springing from the study of camel bones found in ancient copper mines south of the Dead Sea have challenged the historicity of the Bible. .” Ken Ham reminded Nye at the recent debate, and the Bible’s history is history we can trust.
Archaeologists claim camels weren’t domesticated in the Middle East until a millennium after the Bible records their use.
God’s Word records Abraham had camels with him when he visited Egypt ()? Tel Aviv University archaeologists Lidar Sapir-Hen and Erez Ben-Yosef, who have been exploring ancient Aravah Valley copper mines between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, decided to take a crack at the camel question.
The camel question is not a new one, and they are not the first to dispute the Bible’s historical accounts of camels.
Sapir-Hen and Ben-Yosef are the first, however, to publish a study dogmatically drawing down the numerical power of carbon dating upon the biblical accounts.
Even though the Bible describes the use of camels by Abraham, Joseph, and Jacob, some modern liberal scholars insist the camel did not achieve importance as a pack animal until the early Iron Age, and not before the 12th century BC.1 According to a press release from the American Friends of Tel Aviv University (AFTAU), “Archaeologists have shown that camels were not domesticated in the Land of Israel until centuries after the Age of the Patriarchs (2000–1500 BCE).
In addition to challenging the Bible's historicity, this anachronism is direct proof that the text was compiled well after the events it describes.”2 This NASA aerial photo from e Bible has Abraham’s travels to Canaan, to Egypt, and back traced in red.
As documented in the Bible, Abraham continued to live nomadically in Canaan for the rest of his life.The ancient Aravah Valley copper mines, from which camel bones were recently dated to the 900s BC, are far to the east of the area where Abraham lived.The camel bones may mark the later importance of camel-dependent trade routes between the Arabian Peninsula (to the right, east, on the map) and the land nearer the Mediterranean.The absence of camel bones datable to the time of Abraham (around 1900 BC) in these copper mines, however, does not mean that Abraham and his contemporaries did not use camels as pack animals just as the Bible describes.Image: Aravah Valley was an important place in the economy of the Middle East by the time of King Solomon, and trade routes naturally traversed the area.The copper mines of the valley are thought to have been on trade routes between the Arabian Peninsula and the settled lands nearer the Mediterranean.