Can archaeology help us discover Israel’s journey?

Old Testament: Num 11.35

To read the Bible in a year, read Numbers 11–13 on February 24, In the year of our Lord Christ 2021

By Don Ruhl 

Does archaeology interest you? I have been interested in Bible-related archaeology for a long time, and that has made my interest grow for archaeology in other parts of the world. In 2019, I had the privilege of being on an archaeological dig in Beth-Shemesh, Israel. What a wonderful experience as we dug up stuff that has been buried for 3,000 years. Lord willing, I will participate in a dig at Tel Moza, Israel, just outside of Jerusalem, in August of 2021. 

As I read in the Book of Numbers of two of Israel’s camp spots, I thought of archaeology. The passage I read was this one: 

From Kibroth Hattaavah the people moved to Hazeroth, and camped at Hazeroth.

– Numbers 11.35 

I have estimated that a minimum of 3.5 million people came out of Egypt about 1445 BC. With that many people traveling, and assuming that they dropped many things along the way, with the hot and dry climate, there must be many items still there, although covered in sand and dirt. 

What could archaeology show us? Could it help identify the places where Israel stopped? and traveled? 

At the present, that area is hostile to any such work. I learned this in 2019 when my group and I wanted to travel from Israel to Egypt, which is only 400 miles away. Driving there or taking a bus is not recommended because of the potential for danger. Therefore, they urged us to fly. 

May the Lord bring peace to the Sinai Peninsula and the Land of Midian that we may explore it by archaeology. 

Questions: 

  • What do you think of archaeology? 
  • What fascinates you the most about this field of study? 
  • Have you thought about thanking God for archaeology since it confirms much of the Bible? 

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