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The Four Anchors of St. Paul’s Shipwreck

by  Damien F. Mackey

————————————————————————————————————— If we dig deeper we may well find the evidences in support of the biblical narratives. —————————————————————————————————————
Introduction Historians and archaeologists often find themselves having to minimalise the biblical accounts because they are working within a chronological framework, with a corresponding stratigraphy, that does not align with real history. I like to think of archaeologists such as the serial minimiser, Israel Finkelstein, as pointing to the wrong stratigraphy for a given biblical era whilst ‘standing in’ – whether metaphorically or in actuality – that era’s true archaeological level. Thus, whilst:
Israel Finkelstein has not archaeologically “destroyed Solomon”, as he thinks. He has completely missed Solomon.
more enlightened archaeologists will always dig deeper. The …

King Cushan-Rishathaim


Damien F. Mackey


According to Judges 3:8: “The anger of the Lord burned against Israel so that He sold them into the hands of Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram Naharaim, to whom the Israelites were subject for eight years”.
But do we know anything about this king Cushan-Rishathaim as a concrete historical character, in a real archaeological setting?


We read of the account of the power of king Cushan-Rishathaim, and his ultimate defeat by Othniel, in the Book of Judges 3:7-11:

And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. They forgot the Lord their God and served the Baals and the Asheroth. Therefore the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of Cushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia [Aram-Naharaim]. And the p…