Discovery in Jordan Confirms Another Battle Mentioned in Bible


A battle mentioned in the Christian Bible has been substantiated by an archaeological dig in Jordan proving once again that the Bible is a historically based document.

Unlike the religious texts of many other major religions which are not based on provable historical events, the Christian Bible is increasingly borne out by archaeological evidence. And here we have another case of that in Jordan.

According to Fox News, “a 2,800-year-old inscribed stone altar, found within a Moabite sanctuary in the ancient city of Ataroth in Jordan, may shed light on an ancient biblical war.”

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The war in question is not a huge event in the Bible, granted. But the fact that this battle has now been proven by evidence outside of Christian religious texts is just more proof of just how fact-based the Bible (and the Torah) is.

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In many ways — and unlike other religions — the Bible is a historical document that discusses the actual events of its time as opposed to merely a religious tenet.

Per Fox:

The altar bears two inscriptions. The words are in the Moabite language and script, while the numerals in the inscriptions are in Hieratic (an Egyptian writing system). The altar appears to date to a time after Mesha, king of Moab, successfully rebelled against the Kingdom of Israel and conquered Ataroth (sometimes spelled Atarot), a city that the Kingdom of Israel had controlled. By this time, Israel had broke in two with a northern kingdom that retained the name Israel and a southern kingdom called Judah.

The Hebrew Bible mentions the rebellion, saying that before Mesha rebelled, Moab had to give Israel a yearly tribute of thousands of lambs and a vast amount of ram wool. The rebellion is also described in the so-called Mesha stele discovered in 1868 in Dhiban, Jordan, which claims that Mesha conquered Ataroth and killed many of the city’s inhabitants.

The altar was discovered while the sanctuary was being excavated, in 2010. The altar and sanctuary were recently described in the journal Levant.

This is another important confirmation for Chistians.

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