Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Courtesy of Answers in Genesis 


Hello all my friends out there! How are you all? I pray doing well. I have had again a very busy two weeks. Some fun and some not so much. My son went to the hospital with internal bleeding and gave us quite a scare. I am pleased to say he is doing better and is at home now. But, wow, it has been one thing after another.

Speaking of one thing after another, the hot news this week is a recent excavation of ancient Canaanite remains have been utilized to try to prove the Bible inaccurate. How? By using the DNA of the ancient bones and comparing it to DNA taken from present day inhabitants of Lebanon. The results yielded a 90% similarity. Thus the critics say since God told the Israelites to wipe out the Canaanites and they obviously haven’t, the Bible is wrong. 

Claude Doumet-Serhal/Sidon Excavation 

Let’s take a closer look at who is wrong and Who is right…First archeologists “uncovered a total of 123 burials of ancient individuals. Eight of these burials were included in the present study, from which it is claimed that ‘five whole genomes’ were sequenced…the researchers sequenced the genomes of 99 individuals coming from Christian, Druze, and Muslim sects of Lebanon. They claim the comparison yielded the result that 90% of present-day DNA was inherited from ancient Canaanite people, while the remaining portion indicates traces of Assyrian, Persian, and Macedonian
populations.”1 What the researches don’t talk about is “the possible intermarriage and slave trading that the seafaring Sidonians had with other nations. Other factors that would contribute to genetic mixing between ancient and present-day inhabitants of Lebanon include various historical peoples who came in and conquered the region, including Egyptians, Hittites, Arameans, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Macedonians, Romans, Arabians, Turks, and others.”2 

In addition, “A popular misconception of…military campaign is that it resulted in the wholesale destruction of a civilization. With this assumption, archaeologists would expect to find evidence of such things as burned wood and broken pottery, followed by the evidence of the material culture of the new civilization. The authors of the study mention this surprising lack of destruction layers: No archaeological evidence has so far been found to support widespread destruction of Canaanite cities between the Bronze and Iron Ages: cities on the Levant coast such as Sidon and Tyre show continuity of occupation until the present day. But one of the promises that God made to Israel in the Conquest was that he would give
 Claude Doumet-Serhal/Sidon Excavation 

them ‘great and good cities that you did not build, and houses full of all good things that you did not fill, and cisterns that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant’ (Deuteronomy 6:10-11). God did not tell them to destroy cities, but to leave them structurally intact. While the Israelites did smite the inhabitants of many cities during their campaigns, there were only three cities that they completely destroyed: Jericho (Joshua 6:24), Ai (8:28), and Hazor (11:13).”3

Thus it is expected that a predominant Canaanite ancestry would be found in the people of modern day Lebanon, Persia, Assyria, Macedonia, and other nearby areas. Once again, archeology has proven the Bible has recorded the unaltered history of our past.

Until next time, God bless and take care,
Willow Dressel



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