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Jerusalem Before and After the Flood

 It is extremely difficult for us accurately to reconstruct an event such as the great Noachic or Genesis Flood that happened so long ago – especially given the brevity of the biblical account of it (Genesis 6-9). Consequently we find that today there are various conflicting models being proposed: (i) the global; (ii) the local, but vast; or (iii) the extremely localised. Whilst some commentators (e.g. Creationists generally) hold that there could have been no continuity between the pre- and post- Flood worlds, others would argue that there was. Who, then, is right? Dr Hugh Owen (supported by Robert Sungenis) had, in his criticisms of the AMAIC’s Flood model and arguments throughout a series of MATRIX’s last year, bemoaned what he considered to be the “disheartening … lack of piety” in our treatment of the subject. Ironically Hugh’s (and Robert’s) global model, as well as its presumably erasing all vestiges of the antediluvian world, also erases the pious, and apparently biblical view t…

Is This Coin Samson's?

Does this coin found near Jerusalem prove that Samson lived... and that he did fight the lion?
ByLeon Watson
PUBLISHED: 11:58 GMT, 31 July 2012 | UPDATED: 11:59 GMT, 1 August 2012

Clue: Scholars say the scene shown on the artifact recalls the story in Judges of Samson fighting a lion A tiny seal has been uncovered that could be the first archaeological evidence of Samson, the Biblical slayer of Philistines.
Archaeologists discovered the ancient artifact while excavating the tell of Beit Shemesh in the Judaean Hills near Jerusalem, Israel.
It appears to depict the Old Testament story of Samson, whose might was undone by his lust for the temptress Delilah, and his fight with a lion.
The seal, which measures less than an inch in diameter, shows a large animal with a feline tail attacking a human figure.
The seal was discovered at a level of excavation that dates it to roughly the 11th century BC, when Israelite tribes had moved into the area afte…

Sennacherib Campaigning in Judah Mid-Way Through Reign of Sargon II


{Read this most important article by G. Gertoux that comes closer to our view that Sargon II and Sennacherib were simply the same ruler}

Dating the Sennacherib's Campaign to Judahmore

 Abstract  The traditional date of 701 BCE for Sennacherib's campaign to Judah, with the siege of Lachish and Jerusalem and the Battle of Eltekeh, is accepted by historians for many years without notable controversy. However, the inscription of Sargon II, found at Tang-i Var in 1968, requires to date this  famous campaign during his 10th campaign, in 712 BCE, implying a coregency with Sennacherib from 714BCE. A thorough analysis of the annals and the reliefs of Sargon and Sennacherib shows that there was only one campaign in Judah and not two.The Assyrian assault involved the presence of at least six kings (or similar): 1) taking of Ashdod by the Assyrian king Sargon II in his 10th campaign, 2) taking of Lachish by Sennacherib during his 3rd campaign, 3) siege of Jerusalem dated 14

Census of Caesar Augustus

Ancient History, Archaeology and the Birth of Jesus Christ By Daryn Graham

Even though the countless Christians throughout the ages have differed significantly from person to person, all have but one true test of faith and that is the belief in Jesus Christ being none other than the Son of God, and indeed, God himself. According to the Bible which contains the earliest surviving accounts of Jesus life, Christ was born in a stable in Bethlehem in the Roman province of Judaea, during which time a census was being taken. Of course, once we determine exactly which census that was we can also discover the precise date for Jesus’ birth. But as to which census that was has left many an accomplished modern historian without an answer. However, doubting the accuracy of the Bible on these grounds is literally jumping hastily to unnecessary conclusions. As with so many things ancient, a little investigative work can help to fill in the picture. As I will now explain, the birth of Jesus Christ as…