Archaeologists pinpoint the introduction of the domestic camel in Palestine

Archaeologists pinpoint the introduction of the domestic camel in Palestine

Archaeologists have established a more precise date for the introduction of camels to Palestine: the 9th century BCE. This reinforces what Bible scholars and archaeologists have already known for decades — that the Bible’s portrayal of camels as a common beast of burden around the time of Abraham (c. 18th century BCE by biblical chronology) is wildly anachronistic. Fred Clark rightfully castigates fundamentalist Christians for refusing to accept historical evidence and see what their own texts actually say.

5 thoughts on “Archaeologists pinpoint the introduction of the domestic camel in Palestine

  1. Isn’t this discovery just the ‘earliest known’ introduction of the camel? How can we be sure that camels weren’t in use before that but we have not as yet discovered their traces?

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  2. It’s pretty scant evidence from what I see. A couple of hints at “possibilities”, a Mesopotamian carving found nowhere near the Levant, etc. Nothing at all to lend credence to the possibility that camels were widespread beasts of burden in Bronze Age Egypt and the Levant as portrayed in the Old Testament. The vague petroglyphs from Egypt don’t offer much either, since archaeologists still maintain that camels weren’t widespread there until Roman times most likely.

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