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Monday, January 11, 2010

In Quest of the Truth: Biblical Archeology leads to the Greatest Discoveries


I have long had a fascination with ancient history and particulary in the Pre-Noah's Flood and the Isrealites Pilgrimage to the Promised Land.

My wife bought me a book for Christmas by Robert Cornuke. I don't know if I should call him an archeologist, or a treasure hunter. His quest for the genuine Mount Sinai and the lost Ark of the Covenant were covered in this little book and it was utterly fascinating.
The secularization of biblical history leaves many 'facts' wanting. I remember opening one of my Bibles to view a map of the Israelites' journey out of Egypt and noticing the line crossed the Reed Sea instead of the Red Sea. I probably rubbed my eyes and checked again, I do not remember the specifics, but there it was: the map had the Israelites crossing the Reed Sea. Later I heard from a historian that many historians dismiss the miraculous crossing of the Red Sea and point instead to the Sea of Reeds (which in those ancient times was little more than 6-inches of mud). They say that pharoah's chariots could not drive through that, or some such nonsense.
In Relic Quest Robert Cornuke takes you on the path to the real Mount Sinai located in Saudi Arabia across the Red Sea. His trips to that place revealed the mountain's peak burned with fire, ancient altars built by refugees from Egypt, and the stone split by Moses from which water gushed forth. To back up his claims (which is the part I was excited to see) he has an array of photos and other facts.
The last half of the book is devoted to his pursuit of the lost Ark of the Covenant. His conclusion that the Ark now rests in Ethiopia is wonderfully bolstered by his findings, including a pair of hammered silver trumpets likely from the temple in Jeruselem. On top of that he presents sound argument from the Bible to conclude that the Ark is meant to stay in Ethiopia until Christ's return.
One thing I did not find compelling was his argument for the Ethiopean Eunich. But read it for yourself and come to your own conclusion; this guy knows what he's talking about!

2 comments:

Nathan R. Petrie said...

I saw that guys video on Mt. Sinai. neat stuff isn't it? Pretty sweet lol

Scott Appleton said...

There's a special tonight running on Discovery Channel. Some other guy going after the ark of the covenant, but I'm curious to see if he found out more than R. Cornuke... Or is he just going to ride the shoulders of giants? I'll find out tonight.

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