Merry Christmas!

There has been some recent scientific news that touches upon biblical history. In honor of Christmas, I thought I would share some of these items.

First, some preliminary data suggest that an exploding meteor obliterated cities and farming settlements north of the Dead Sea around 3,700 years ago, which may have been the basis for Sodom and Gomorrah.

Radiocarbon dating and unearthed minerals that instantly crystallized at high temperatures indicate that a massive airburst caused by a meteor that exploded in the atmosphere instantaneously destroyed civilization in a 25-kilometer-wide circular plain called Middle Ghor, said archaeologist Phillip Silvia. The event also pushed a bubbling brine of Dead Sea salts over once-fertile farm land, Silvia and his colleagues suspect.

People did not return to the region for 600 to 700 years, said Silvia, of Trinity Southwest University in Albuquerque. He reported these findings at the annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research on November 17.

Scientists now suspect that the Earth has been slammed by more extraterrestrial objects than previously suspected. For example, a giant meteor crater five times the size of Paris has been found half a mile under the ice in Greenland. The crater is thought to have formed about 12,000 years ago.

Additionally, biology may confirm the impact of catastrophic events on humanity. Genetic testing has revealed that there may have been an actual Adam and Eve.

A scientific study has prompted speculation that all modern humans could have descended from a solitary pair who lived 100,000 to 200,000 years ago.

Scientists surveyed the genetic ‘bar codes’ of five million animals – including humans – from 100,000 different species and the results have prompted speculation that we sprang from a single pair of adults after a catastrophic event almost wiped out the human race.

…Stoeckle and Thaler, the scientists who headed the study, concluded that ninety percent of all animal species alive today come from parents that all began giving birth at roughly the same time, less than 250 thousand years ago – throwing into doubt the patterns of human evolution.

Next, it appears that infamous Roman Governor Pontius Pilate’s ring may have been discovered at an ancient biblical fortress.

Experts in Israel have identified a ring that may have belonged to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor who oversaw the trial and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Haaretz reports that the bronze ring was discovered 50 years ago during excavations at the Herodion fortress in the Judean desert.

Initially uncovered in a dig led by Professor Gideon Foerster of Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the ring was handed over to a team researchers currently working Herodion, led by Roi Porat, also of Hebrew University. Intense cleaning and a specialist camera owned by the Israel Antiquities Authority have revealed the ring’s secrets.

Finally, though it is not technically related to the Bible, it’s about Egypt...so it’s my Christmas gift to me!

Archaeologists in Egypt are calling the unearthing of a new tomb a “one-of-a-kind” find. The hidden tomb of an Egyptian royal priest had been untouched for around 4,400 years and is covered with exceptionally preserved statues and hieroglyphics….

It’s an ancient treasure chest spread out over two levels – a tomb so perfectly preserved it’s been called the most “significant discovery in decades.” More than two dozen statues guard the chamber and drawings of a family are spread throughout like an Egyptian photo album.

The walls are covered in carvings depicting some of their favorite activities: hunting, musical performances and even sailing. They’re modern-day outings set in stone and vibrantly painted more than 4,400 years ago. It’s a time in Egyptian history excavation leader Dr. Mostafa Waziri said little is known about.

“The discovery today, it’s one of the most important ones for me… Because number one, it’s almost intact tomb. Number two, it’s old kingdom,” Waziri said.

It’s a blessing to be able to enjoy all these new discoveries, as well as share them with our Legal Insurrection friends. Have a wonderful holiday, and may God bless you all.

 
 
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