Sunday, September 22, 2019
Biblical history supported. . .
Hidden within the Moabite ruins of Ataroth, in Jordan, Live Science reported there were two lines of inscriptions in the ancient Moabite language, with Egyptian Hieratic numerals. The first inscription seems to refer to bronze looted from Ataroth and the speculation is that these were spoils of war sacrificed at this altar.
The second inscription is still somewhat a mystery. Only fragments remain but they were able to decipher enough to reveal “4,000 foreign men were scattered and abandoned in great number.” It suggests that the victorious Moabites were able to scatter the remaining forces of Israel to take the city.
While there are still many questions, it does appear that the age of the stone altar and the nature of the inscriptions could be referring to the Moabite rebellion against Israel and their capture of Ataroth, something mentioned in the Hebrew Bible where the Moabites were required to pay an annual tribute to Israel. These inscriptions carved into the stone altar confirm the Biblical records of this war between the Ancient Israelites and the Moabites and this is another example of the authenticity of biblical records. It also gives new insight into the advanced nature of the Moabite culture.
Instead of being afraid of archeology, the Biblical record gains credibility from such archeological finds. Instead of discounting the Biblical evidence, we should presume its accuracy.