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History and the Bible
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
Category: Bible related
The history in the Bible still has an impact in our day. The Old Testament and New Testament narrate the story of the Jews and God’s dealings with them. The neighboring nations of the Jews in Bible times, the Hittites, Assyrians, Babylonians and Philistines have long ago disappeared. But in 2007 we still continuously see the Jewish nation in the daily news. Some of the remarkable miracles about the modern Jewish nation sets it apart from all other peoples on earth and show that the history of the Bible can be trusted:
- Through the work of Ben Yehouda the revival and resurrection of a dead language, Hebrew, was accomplished. When he came from Russia to Israel in the late 1800s, the language of Hebrew was found only in the Hebrew Bible. He saw some 20,000 Jewish people praying at the wailing wall and most of them could not understand each other. They spoke German, Russian, English and other languages of the countries in which they lived before. The people wanted to stone him for dreaming to use the ancient language of prayer as a contemporary way for the Jews to communicate. He persisted and with the help of Theodor Herzl it was accomplished and Hebrew became the official language.
- On June 30, 1920 a Jew, Sir Herbert Samuel arrived in Jerusalem as British High Commissioner. He was the first Jew to exercise any real political authority over the Holy Land since King Zedekiah in 587 BC. For almost 2500 years Israel was under the rulership of foreign powers.
- In 1948 the new State of Israel was declared independent. It was the first time in the history of the world that a scattered nation survived and came back to their country after almost 1900 years.
- Since their independence as a nation, the Jews had to fight 4 major wars and countless attacks against them. Their enemies, the Arabs, declared that they did not acknowledge the State of Israel. Despite their numerical superiority and their wealth from oil, the Arabs hate the tiny nation of Israel, up to the present day. This struggle for dominance of Israel has a Biblical foundation in the two sons of Abraham. The eldest son, Ishmael is the ancestor of the Arab nations and the younger son, Isaac is the ancestor of the Jewish nation. But the land was promised to Isaac’s descendants and the descendants of Ismael refuse to accept it.
- Anti-Semitism. The Holocaust is a blot on humanity’s name. But regardless of this persecution, God told Israel that they would come back to their land. (Jeremiah 3:14,18: “’Return, faithless people, declares the Lord, ‘for I am your husband. I will choose you one from a town and two from a clan and bring you to Zion.’ In those days the house of Judah will join the house of Israel, and together they will come from a northern land to the land I gave your forefathers as an inheritance.”). It is remarkable that no one has been able to get rid of the Jewish nation through thousands of years.
Summary: History cries out that the Bible is a factual document.
Information: Willmington’s Guide to the Bible, Tyndale House, 1884, p 968-981. P Johnson, A History of the Jews, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1987.
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