Anyways, I was recently directed to some new research that “suggest error in the Bible”. It had to do with the domestication of camels.
The Biblical account says that camels have been used by patriarchs as early as Abraham, around 2056 BC, at least. However, this new research says that camels weren’t domesticated until around 900 BC.
What I found most interesting about this new research was that it wasn’t based off scientific data, or undeniable evidence . . . it was based on some copper pits.
Apparently, pits from 900 BC on up had camel bones in them, whereas earlier pits did not. Thus, the conclusion was made that camels were not domesticated until around 900 BC, making the Bible wrong.
The following is one important issue in the research and conclusion that is called “selective science”:
They only inspected pits in one area (Arava Valley)
They may have found camel bones in different areas that would suggest camels were domesticated earlier, but instead they stuck with this area.
Also, they only used the information about camels as work animals (pack animals for the copper pits). They didn’t take into account that perhaps camels, even if all the above is right, were used more for traveling than labor.
Another major problem is that they found and documented older camel bones but, said they were wild ones. So, basically, the research showed that the scientists controlled what evidence they included and they even found bones for earlier camels. The conclusion however, said that camels in all of Israel were not domesticated until after 900 BC . . . does this seem off to anyone else?