Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Camels Had No Business in Genesis

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Radiocarbon dating of camels suggest they were not around when Genesis says they were. That means that Abraham, Jacob, and Joseph were not camel riders as Genesis says they were.

According to the New York Times , archaeologists "used radiocarbon dating to pinpoint the earliest known domesticated camels in Israel to the last third of the 10th century B.C. — centuries after the patriarchs lived and decades after the kingdom of David."

The historian, Juan Cole, has an interesting story about the  discovery called "Camel Bones and Jerusalem: Archaeology Shows Bible written Late, Full of Errors."

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