Essay on The Bible As History

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The Bible as History
     The question of whether the Holy Bible is an actual historical account of what happened since the beginning of humanity, or merely stories that man has come up with over time has long been considered. Many choose to believe the Bible literally and take everything word for word. Others believe the stories in the Bible are a way of showing
God’s love for us, but think of them as stories and lessons on how to follow the “way of
God.” Others think the stories in the Bible are false, and have no basis in truth at all.
Some people want to have a clear picture of what early Palestine was like without ever having reference to the Bible, and “this may be an equally one-sided approach as using
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One example of a “historical correlation with the
Bible,” was the discovery of a weight labeled “pim” which has helped scholars understand 1 Samuel 13:21 which is the only verse in the Bible containing the term. They concluded that “pim” was a size of weight probably used as a method of payment.
     Another artifact from this region are carved ivories dating back to 800 B.C. found at the royal palace of Sumaria, the capital of the north king of Israel. In a passage from 1
Kings 22:39 there is a reference to the “ivory house” of King Ahab (Porter 18).
Discoveries have also been made at a “popular site of Israeli religion” and there have been excavations of the only known temple and “cult objects” from the era of David and
Solomon (Porter 19).
     Another find by archaeologists is a painting of a half nude female figure with the inscription “Yahweh or Samaria and his Asherah.” This was excavated from the eighth century site of Kuntillet Arjud. The significance of the painting is still undecided. It may reflect the continuing worship in Israel of Asherah, the great Canaanite mother goddess.
This would have been in spite of the official state religion which recognized Yahweh as the one and only God (Porter 20).
     Through all of these uncovered artifacts from the Israelite nation, many of the names, places, and events that are named in the Bible are proved. The Bible

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