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Scientists now say an extraordinary find may lay that giant enigma, much like the biblical villain, to rest.Archaeologists digging at the southern coastal city of Ashkelon announced Sunday the discovery of the first cemetery belonging to the ancient Israelites’ dreaded and shadowy nemeses, the Philistines.We know prehistoric humans were armed to the teeth, but it's an open question against whom they wielded their stone knives and spears – animals, or each other."Evidence for inter-group violence among prehistoric hunter-gatherers is extremely rare," writes the team led by Marta Mirazón Lahr of Britain's Cambridge University. She and her colleagues discovered the remains of at Nataruk, a site near the edge of Lake Turkana, in 2012.Another had a small obsidian knife embedded in his skull, but what killed him was probably a completely different weapon, which was used to crush his face.Wounds found on the head and neck bones of others could have been caused by arrows, which indicates that the attackers were distant, suggesting inter-group conflict (as opposed to violence within the family – that wouldn't likely involve arrows). Stone tools were found too, 131 with the bodies and hundreds more right around them.Speaking to the press at Jerusalem’s Rockefeller Museum, Daniel Master, one of the heads of the Leon Levy Expedition, said the cemetery, “the final great discovery” after 30 years of excavation of Ashkelon, could help shed light on the origins and customs of the Philistines.The discovery of a sizable cemetery, with over 210 individuals, at a site conclusively linked to the Philistines, was a “critical missing link” that allows scholars “to fill out the story of the Philistines,” said Master, a professor of archaeology at Wheaton College.

And all his adult life he has had to cope with the devastating motor neurone disease, which has consigned him to a wheelchair and deprives him of even the use of his own voice. 1 Kgs 6:1 and 1 Chr –37 converge on a date of 1446 BC for the exodus and the Jubilees data and Judges independently converge on a date of 1406 BC for the beginning of the conquest.The 1406 BC date is further confirmed by archaeological data from Jericho, Ai (Kh. Continue reading This statement seems to imply that scholars should not be wasting their time debating the date of the exodus since there are weightier issues to deal with. If we are looking in the wrong century for evidence to support the Biblical account of the exodus, clearly we will not find any evidence!In June, the President of the State of Israel, Shimon Peres, will host his annual President’s Conference.This year’s conference is called Facing Tomorrow and will address the future of world politics, economics, environment, education and much more.

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