According to new research by archaeologists from Tel Aviv University in Israel, the bible was documented after the events documented had actually occurred which means that it might not be an accurate documentation of historical events as earlier on stated.
Bible scholars have ascertained that most of the bible stories were not written by eyewitnesses and this proves it further. The research was carried out relying on some of the biblical descriptions, the camels in the bible.
Using radioactive-carbon dating techniques s, the research shows the animals weren’t domesticated until hundreds of years after the events documented in the Book of Genesis. Published by Erez Ben-Yosef and Lidar Sapir-Hen, the archaeologists believe camels were not domesticated in the eastern Mediterranean until the 10th century B.C. Despite this fact, the animals were repeatedly mentioned alongside Abraham, Jacob and Isaac showing them as present during that time which was not true.
This, according to the researchers, shows that the Bible was written or edited long after the events it narrates and is not always reliable as verifiable history. The camel “do not encapsulate memories from the second millennium,” said Noam Mizrahi, an Israeli biblical scholar, “but should be viewed as back-projections from a much later period.”
In an opinion piece for CNN, Joel Baden writes that there was no deception intended on the part of the Bible’s authors. “Biblical authors simply transplanted the nomadic standards of their time into the distant past. There is nothing deceptive about this. They weren’t trying to trick anyone. They imagined, quite reasonably, that the past was, fundamentally, like their present.”
The same conclusion was reached by Smithsonian.com author Colin Schultz, who wrote, “these findings don’t necessarily disprove all the stories of the Bible. Rather, knowing that there are camels where there definitely shouldn’t be shows that the Bible’s authors, working thousands of years after the events they were describing were supposed to take place, took a modern lens to these ancient tales.”
The bible has come under continued criticism by non-Christians who do not believe in its eligibility. Christians believe that everything written in the bible was inspired by the holy spirit, another aspect which not believed by non-Christians due to lack of evidence.