The Rich Archaeological Corroboration of the Old Testament

We ought not be naïve nor ignorant, nor complacent shrugging at the counterfeit beliefs and practices worldwide claiming to be “Christian” in origin when they are nothing of the sort, when they are of perverse and misguided men or women, when they are in truth CULTS.

One such counterfeit belief fitting this description is Mormonism. Those who belong to the Church of Latter Day Saints and place the Book of Mormon above the Holy Bible.

People, especially true disciples of Jesus Christ ought to invest some of their time in learning, studying, knowing and being aware of the multitude of counterfeit beliefs masquerading as “Christian” and what their true origins, beliefs and ideologies are. This is part and parcel of putting on and keeping on and keeping shining and maintained the full armour of God.

I will not go in-depth here regarding the dangerous cult called Mormonism, but one of their errant beliefs is that upon the death of a male, a husband, he will be “reborn” and given his own planet in space and have as many wives as he desires to populate that planet. I kid you not. That is a Mormon belief not publicized and with good reason — they would not be able to be taken seriously in anything they do, such as run for president of the United States, or become a U.S. Senator.

I strongly urge all reading this, if you have not already, to get a copy of The Kingdom of the Cults — By Walter Martin, or The Kingdom of the Cults: The Definitive Work in the Subject — By Walter Martin

Gird your loins, gird and guard you mind and heart and be prepared and knowing. It’s why the Good Lord put that wonderful thing, that large organ in our skulls called a brain — to use it! To be prepared. To learn, to know. To judge what is of God and true and what is of man, woman, this world and false, a lie and leading one (or in the case of counterfeit, false beliefs HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS astray).

In the above books readers will learn the truth about myriad entrenched counterfeit beliefs, false faiths, not only about the cult of Mormonism.

Contrary to the naïve cliché, ignorance is NOT bliss. Ignorance is, well, just ignorance. And we ought not to be ignorant dear ones. We are to be EQUIPPED and ready to defend the faith — give an accounting as to why, and therefore also be able to recognize and rebuke, counter any counterfeit or false faith.

There are legions of antichrists, false prophets, false teachers and their lying, cunning, distracting doctrines in this world. They increase by the day. There is one coming who will be so cunning, so seducing, so enthralling, so believable as to seduce and enslave the whole world save for a remnant of true believers, which he will go to war with and begin to slaughter, behead and attempt to remove the One True God, the Triune God, Jesus Christ the Lord, the Holy Spirit and the eternally living and active inerrant word of God from the face of the earth and memory.

He and his legions, the nations of the world, and all who serve him, worship him, take his name upon their bodies will perish and spend their eternities in the fiery pit of hell.

Counterfeit beliefs, false faiths, false teachers are deadly and more and more people fall prey to their lies of “surely you will not die, and if you follow this way you can go to heaven while doing that which you desire, do not believe that book called a Bible, believe me instead…”

And hundreds of millions do listen and follow those voices leading them to the second death and an eternity isolated from God, Christ, the Holy Spirit and all the heavenly hosts.

No one gets their own planet and an endless stream of wives.

No one escapes judgment.

No one can alter, add to, omit what is contained in the word of God.

No one will have any excuses when they are prone and pleading before the Lord, if they dare speak thinking they can delude and convince the All-Knowing Lord of their lies and excuses.

The time is at hand, while the good grace, love, mercy and salvation is open and extended, while God Almighty blesses you with a beating heart, breath in your lungs and today to become aware, believing, renewed of mind and spirit, a new creature in Christ Jesus the Lord.

Okay, a wee bit of digressing, but someone’s got to say it. Now move on to a very good article below these comments written by J. Warner Wallace…

 

Ken Pullen

ACP — A Crooked Path

Saturday, June 15th, 2019

The Rich Archaeological Corroboration of the Old Testament

 

By J. Warner Wallace

Category: Christian Worldview, J Warner Wallace

June 13, 2019

Reprinted from: BREAKPOINT

 

 

When I first began examining the claims of the Book of Mormon, I was an atheist who had just become interested in the person of Jesus. As a skeptic, I understood the importance of corroborative evidence when trying to determine if a witness statement is reliable. I began looking for corroboration related to both the Christian and Mormon scriptures. I was immediately struck by the stark contrast between what has been discovered related to Old Testament history and what has not been discovered related to the alleged history recorded in the Book of Mormon.

There’s a reason for the absence of maps in the Mormon collection of scripture. There are no archaeological discoveries of any cities described in the book of Mormon. Worse yet, there aren’t any discoveries of any of the names of characters mentioned in the 1,000 year span of American continental history chronicled in the Book of Mormon (from 600BC to 400AD). I don’t expect archaeology to verify everything recorded in an ancient book, but I do expect it to verify something.

The archaeological evidence supporting the Old Testament demonstrates a striking contrast when compared to the Book of Mormon in both the generalities and specificities confirmed by archaeology:

Overarching Generalities

Many of the Old Testament accounts bear strong resemblances to other ancient accounts discovered through the efforts of historians and archaeologists. The Great Flood account in Genesis 6-9, for example, is very similar to Babylonian and Akkadian accounts discovered in the same region of the world. Some of these accounts may even pre-date the writings of Moses, but all describe a catastrophic flood event predating the generation of the authors. In addition, the Sumerian King List records kings who reigned for long periods of time. Following the great flood, this Babylonian document records much shorter reigns, mirroring the life expectancy patterns described in the Old Testament. The 11th tablet of the Babylonian Gilgamesh Epic speaks of an ark, animals taken on the ark, birds sent out during the course of the flood, the ark landing on a mountain, and a sacrifice offered after the ark landed.

In addition to the flood story, there are other non-Biblical accounts recording events found in the Old Testament. The Mesopotamian Story of Adapa tells of a test for immortality involving food, similar to the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Sumerian tablets record the confusion of language as we have in the Biblical account of the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9). This Sumerian account records a golden age when all mankind spoke the same language. Speech was then confused by the god Enki, lord of wisdom. The Babylonians had a similar account in which the gods destroyed a temple tower and “scattered them abroad and made strange their speech” (Stephen L. Caiger, Bible and Spade, 1936, p. 29). There are many points of agreement in overarching narrative generalities between the Old Testament and the surrounding ancient cultures.

Detailed Specificities
In addition to these generalities, many specific events and historical characters described in the Old Testament have now been confirmed by extra-Biblical sources. Consider the following examples (this list is abbreviated from the work of Dr. Bryant Wood):

The campaign into Israel by Pharaoh Shishak
(1 Kings 14:25-26) is recorded on the walls of the Temple of Amun in Thebes, Egypt.

The revolt of Moab against Israel
(2 Kings 1:1; 3:4-27) is recorded on the Mesha Inscription.

The fall of Samaria
(2 Kings 17:3-6, 24; 18:9-11) to Sargon II, king of Assyria, is recorded on his palace walls.

The defeat of Ashdod by Sargon II
(Isaiah 20:1) is recorded on his palace walls.

The campaign of the Assyrian king Sennacherib against Judah
(2 Kings 18:13-16) is recorded on the Taylor Prism.

The siege of Lachish by Sennacherib
(2 Kings 18:14, 17) is recorded on the Lachish reliefs.

The assassination of Sennacherib by his own son
(2 Kings 19:37) is recorded in the annals of his son Esarhaddon.

The fall of Nineveh as predicted by the prophets Nahum and Zephaniah
(2 Kings 2:13-15) is recorded on the Tablet of Nabopolasar.

The fall of Jerusalem to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon
(2 Kings 24:10-14) is recorded in the Babylonian Chronicles.

The captivity of Jehoiachin, king of Judah, in Babylon
(2 Kings 24:15-16) is recorded on the Babylonian Ration Records.

The fall of Babylon to the Medes and Persians
(Daniel 5:30-31) is recorded on the Cyrus Cylinder.

The freeing of captives in Babylon by Cyrus the Great
(Ezra 1:1-4; 6:3-4) is recorded on the Cyrus Cylinder.

The historical record of the Old Testament is not alone in the history it records. There are other ancient records affirming the overarching generalities and specific details of the Old Testament. There are no such corroborative ancient records providing similar verification for the history of the Book of Mormon. It is the singular lonely voice related to the historical narrative it describes. While archaeology continues to corroborate the Old and New Testament, archaeology only exposes the erroneous nature of the Mormon record.

 

This was originally published at ColdCaseChristianity.com

 J.Warner Wallaceis a Cold-Case Detective, Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Adj. Professor of Apologetics at Biola University, author of Cold-Case ChristianityGod’s Crime Scene, and Forensic Faith, and creator of the Case Makers Academyfor kids.

 

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