Ancient 'outlaw temple' discovered in Israel

Feb 11, 2020
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Is there a consensus as to how long after Hezekiah and Josiah's time were the accounts of their reforms written? Could the Biblical accounts have been written later for political effect and not reflect the true nature of the religious situation in ancient Israel at the time?
 
Jan 23, 2020
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Uh, I was going to give the writer the benefit of the doubt on this terrible article. I realize it is a SHORT summary of what was likely a very long report.

1. Why was Solomon's Temple destroyed? Because the Jews were disobeying God. Hmm, any chance an "outlaw" temple might be part of that disobedience?

2. The Bible says there was one GOD "authorized" temple, NOT that there was only one temple.

3. The article sounds like the writer farted a bunch of anti-Bible bias out her, ummm, mind...

4. "roughly 150 congregants " Pick a number, any number. The researchers don't have a CLUE how many people "worshipped" there. Or what the "idols" were used for. Or pretty much anything about that "outlaw" temple except it existed and they found some stuff in it. Was the stuff they found there in that temple the ENTIRE time it was in use? About all they can report was what they found when they excavated. Beyond that, they are guessing.

The Bible is NOT exhaustive. What is written is limited in scope and was written to communicate something specific. The Bible is historically accurate, not historically comprehensive.

Heck, beyond this article I probably couldn't find much evidence of the existence of Laura Geggel, much less Live Science two thousand years in the future.

Why not just report the FACTS, and leave out the guesses and anti-Bible bias? Truth is stranger than fiction. Just report the truth.
 
Jan 23, 2020
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According to the Jewish Bible, there was just one temple in the ancient Kingdom of Judah: the First Temple, which sat in Jerusalem. However, a new discovery just upended that perception.

Ancient 'outlaw temple' discovered in Israel : Read more
That new discovery did NOT "upend" anything. The Jews were disobedient and worshipped many gods from day one. Haven't you read any of the Bible? Why were the Jews in Egypt? Why was Solomon's Temple destroyed? Why don't you at least read THE sourcebook that this research is referring to? The Bible.
 
Jan 23, 2020
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Is there a consensus as to how long after Hezekiah and Josiah's time were the accounts of their reforms written? Could the Biblical accounts have been written later for political effect and not reflect the true nature of the religious situation in ancient Israel at the time?
It doesn't matter when the accounts were written.

The Biblical accounts were written to tell a story. (I contend it was a factual, accurate account, but we can debate that if you wish.)

The problem with UNDERSTANDING such discoveries is that even the researchers and those that summarize their research in articles PROJECT their MODERN mentality onto the ancient people.

Sure, the news of what was going on in Jerusalem got around, but back then even a few miles was a day's journey.

Think about the area YOU live in. From YOUR home draw a circle with a 10-mile radius. Think about it. You haven't got a clue what is happening in virtually any of that area. You interact with what, 10 people a day in a meaningful way? You are aware of and could name 20 buildings. You probably couldn't even name all the streets you drive on, or even all the streets in YOUR neighbourhood.

I often cite "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. I read those hundreds of pages in high school and the ONLY thing I remember is that is was NOT repetitive. It was a narrative that constantly moved forward. Sure, it talked about him eating more than once, but it covered everything he did in that ONE day.

How could any researcher think that they "know" anything about an "outlaw" temple that existed for hundreds of years beyond what they can physically see and touch that was "frozen" on the day it was covered up? Then some writer summarizes that in a report filled with their personal bias.

No, about all we can learn from this "outlaw" temple is that the Jews CONSTANTLY disobeyed their God's commandments. And they paid the price for disobedience.
 
Feb 14, 2020
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According to the Jewish Bible, there was just one temple in the ancient Kingdom of Judah: the First Temple, which sat in Jerusalem. However, a new discovery just upended that perception.

Ancient 'outlaw temple' discovered in Israel : Read more
The Bible also talks about Solomon building "high places" for the gods of his wives. 1 Kings 11:7-8. The Hebrew word used is "Bamah". Also in 1 Kings 12:31, we see Rehoboam "made an house of high places". The word house, "Bayith", used here is the same word used for house for the Lord, as used in reference to the Holy Temple.
 
Feb 14, 2020
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I dont wish to insult the intelligence of anyone, but, I have been a lifelong student of The Bible.
(Hebrew, Aramaic, & Greek scriptures). The flaw in your reasoning (in the article, not personal)
Is that from the beginning of the Israelites coming into the promised land, they did not do as God
Had instructed them to drive out all of the Canaanite population. (Judges 2:20-22).
So for hundreds of years they fell in & out of worshipping false God's. Like Baal, Ashtoreth,
Molech, their Sacred poles & high places where false priests officiated.
King David was a faithful King, & all Israel worshipped Jehovah all of his rein & most of Soloman's. In Solomon's later yrs he deviated from true worship & in either 998 BCE or 997 BCE
The Nation broke apart. Judah & Benjamin in the south- the 10 tribe Kingdom of Samaria in the north. Of Judah's 19 kings beginning with Rehoboam, only a handful practiced true worship.
Along with the kings, the people also vacillated between true & false worship.
You mentioned Hezikiah & Josiah. While Uzziah & Jotham were relatively good kings
Ahaz (Hezikiah's father) was a bad king who along with the people worshipped false Gods. Even sacrificing their children to Molech, burning them to death.
For a short time during Hezekiah's rein he turned most of Judah to worshipping Jehovah.
But the people still worshipped idols on the high places.
After Hezekiah, Manasseh his son revived idolatry & sorcery, murder & violence.
His son Amon was likewise a bad king. His son Josiah tried hard to do good & waged a campaign
To clean up the idolatry & false Baal worship in Judah. After his death, the last 4 kings of Judah
Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin, & Zedekiah were bad kings & reverted to pagan worship until
Nebuchadnezzar II came & destroyed Jerusalem. So, if anything, your archeology has just verified
The unstable conditions that existed between the True worship of Jehovah at Solomon's temple
& false pagan worship that existed at the same time all around in Judah & Samaria.
Some of the bad kings of Judah filled Solomon's Temple with Idols & dedicated it to pagan God's.
Some people in the land used Idols in there misguided ideas of seving Jehovah or Yahweh.
If you used God's word the Bible as an accurate & reliable guide in your archeology, maybe you wouldn't have so many seeming contradictions. If you wish, I can give you all the Scriptural texts
That I'm quoting from. It is solid information both historically & prophetically. & while the Bible does not claim to be a scientific text, it is accurate & reliable.
 

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