|Crossing the "Red Sea"|
Several friends yesterday eagerly forwarded a story to me about Egyptian archaeologists finding the remains of an army at the bottom of the Red Sea. They were all excited about the “proof” of the biblical account of an Egyptian army being drowned while pursuing fleeing Hebrew slaves, an event that serves as the base of the Passover holiday and Judaism itself.
The story was actually first published in 2014 on the website World News Daily Report (WNDR):
Egypt's Antiquities Ministry announced this morning that a team of underwater archaeologists had discovered that remains of a large Egyptian army from the 14th century BC, at the bottom of the Gulf of Suez, 1.5 kilometers offshore from the modern city of Ras Gharib. The team was searching for the remains of ancient ships and artifacts related to Stone Age and Bronze Age trade in the Red Sea area, when they stumbled upon a gigantic mass of human bones darkened by age.
The scientists lead by Professor Abdel Muhammad Gader and associated with Cairo
University’s Faculty of Archaeology, have already recovered a total of more
than 400 different skeletons, as well as hundreds of weapons and pieces of
armor, also the remains of two war chariots, scattered over an area of
approximately 200 square meters. They estimate that more than 5000 other bodies
could be dispersed over a wider area, suggesting that an army of large size who
have perished on the site.
|Faked image of dead Egyptians|
Sounds plausible? No, it isn’t, even though the professor and the school apparently exist. For starters, WNDR only prints fake news. Other recent stories from that source include: a tale about the capture of a giant prehistoric shark, the birth of a dinosaur from a fossilized egg and a recently discovered account of an eyewitness to a miracle performed by Jesus.
Moreover, the on-line site contains the disclaimer that “All news articles contained within worldnewsdailyreport.com are fiction, and presumably fake news. Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental, except for all references to politicians and/or celebrities, in which case they are based on real people, but still based almost entirely in fiction.”
The Red Sea story would have died without a whimper, but another website, Disclose.TV, picked up the fake report and recycled it last fall. It’s now getting extra life on the internet.
|Real archaeological dig in Israel|
Such fallacious reports continue to bedevil religious folks because so many want the tales to be true. They are thirsting for any evidence to support biblical accounts. So far, very little has ever been found, none of which verify anything in a biblical account.
Just for example, this story had to be wrong simply because the supposed relics were located in the Red Sea. The Bible says the Hebrews crossed the Sea of Reeds, a shallow body of water now incorporated into the Suez Canal. Later translators simply made a mistake in naming. In addition, there’s no evidence yet found which demonstrates any group of people lived in the Sinai Desert or that Canaan (now Israel) was ever invaded by an outside group. Cultural artifacts there remain unchanged for thousands of years, according to real archaeological findings.
Maybe someday, some evidence will turn up to support the beloved Moses-dominated saga, but to date, despite, extensive digging, nothing has.
|The Bible is old, not accurate|
The idea that the Bible may be inaccurate, of course, hasn’t filtered through the brains of the devout. That’s why stories like this continue to be published and circulated by gullible believers.
That won’t change anytime soon. Willingness to swallow even the most-obvious lie remains the hallmark of faith.
Long-time religious historian Bill Lazarus regularly writes about religion and religious history. He also speaks at various religious organizations throughout Florida. You can reach him at www.williamplazarus.net. He is the author of the famed Unauthorized Biography of Nostradamus; The Last Testament of Simon Peter; The Gospel Truth: Where Did the Gospel Writers Get Their Information; Noel: The Lore and Tradition of Christmas Carols; and Dummies Guide to Comparative Religion. His most recent book is Passover in Prison, which details abuse of Jewish inmates in American prisons. His books are available on Amazon.com, Kindle, bookstores and via various publishers. He can also be followed on Twitter.
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