Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | January 23, 2008

2. Copper Country


The Treasury in Petra, Jordan

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For years there have been “scholars” who claim the Bible was written hundreds of years after the events it records. Results from Biblical archaeology have repeatedly disproved this and displayed over and over again the historical accuracy of the Bible. BAR covers many of these discoveries with clear explanations, helpful diagrams, and full-color pictures. BAR delights both the mind and the eye.

Example: David and the Edomites

For example, some scholars argue that the record of King David’s war with the Edomites (2 Samuel 8:11-15) must be fiction invented centuries later to supply a glorious history for Israel. They claim Edom did not become a state till centuries after David.


However, recently archaeologists unearthed a massive Edomite copper smelting works from the time of David, 30 miles south of the Dead Sea. It was so large that it could only have been operated by a state.


This confirms the Biblical record about Israel’s rival Edom. BAR tells the story of the discovery of the copper works and makes the connection with King David.

Edom was south of the Dead Sea. Petra, of Indiana Jones fame, was Edom’s chief city. The city grew rich from taxes it imposed on frankincense caravans.

Petra had been “lost” for hundreds of years till Swiss archaeologist Johann Ludwig Burckhardt (1784-1817) persuaded a local Bedouin to lead him there in 1812.

Petra’s peak was under King Aretas in the first century when it controlled the territory east of the Jordan River all the way north to Damascus in Syria. It was from one of Aretas’ governors of Damascus that Paul escaped over the city wall in a basket.
(2 Corinthians 11:32-33)

Petra Monastery

The Monastery in Petra

The tomb pictured at the top is The Treasury and is the most spectacular of Petra’s ruins. No one knows whose tomb it was, but some scholars think it belonged to King Aretas. The picture to the right is The Monastery, the largest Petra ruin.

In July 2007 Petra was designated one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World.”

Edomites were descendants of Esau (Genesis 36:9), while David’s people the Israelites were descendants of Esau’s twin brother Jacob.

The Edomites becoming David’s servants (2 Samuel 8:14) fulfilled God’s word to Rebekah, the mother of Jacob and Esau: “Two nations are in your womb; and two peoples shall be separated from your body; and one people shall be stronger than the other; and the older shall serve the younger.” (Genesis 25:23) It also fulfilled Balaam’s prophecy (Numbers 24:18-19)

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Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the second installment of a series on Biblical Archaeology.
Read the prequel:
1. The Mystery of Tsinnur

Read the sequel:
3. One Night of Sin Spawns Centuries of Havoc

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©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:4)
Wednesday January 23, 2008 A.D.

Read my January 2008 Bible-Science newspaper column:
Stem Cells.

And David became famous after he returned from striking down eighteen thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt. He put garrisons throughout Edom, and all the Edomites became subject to David. The LORD gave David victory wherever he went. (2 Samuel 8:13-14)

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