Bible fail: Book of Genesis wrong about camels

Abraham never rode a camel. Recent scientific findings show the Bible is historically inaccurate. The findings should come as a surprise to no one.

Archeologists have offered convincing evidence that camels, once thought to be the basic mode of transportation for the biblical patriarchs, were not domesticated in Israel until hundreds of years after Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are said to have wandered the earth.

The findings challenge the veracity of the Bible as a historical document.

Archaeologists Erez Ben-Yosef and Lidar Sapir-Hen of Tel Aviv University released a new study that dates the arrival of the domesticated camel in the eastern Mediterranean region to the 10th century B.C. at the earliest, based on radioactive-carbon techniques. Abraham and the patriarchs, however, lived at least six centuries before then.

The evidence directly contradicts the historical timeline presented in the Bible. However, this is not the first time, and probably not the last time, that flaws, historical and otherwise, have been discovered in the Bible. Indeed, scientific findings suggesting the Bible is not a historically accurate document should not come as a surprise to any reasonable person.

Yet the new scientific findings showing that the Book of Genesis is wrong about camels is unlikely to change the minds of fundamentalist who insist that the Bible is “the inerrant and infallible Word of God.” Such individuals have already demonstrated an uncanny ability to ignore any scientific evidence that contradicts their religious superstition.

Abraham never rode a camel.
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  • TheSquirrel

    That last sentence, y’all. Super truth.

  • PARAMEDIC70002

    How many times has science proven previous science wrong? Too many to count.

    • Bawk Bawkbagawk

      and then, when this fact is made known, science accepts the change. can religion say the same?

    • does this mean that there is no point in learning anything new because everything we need to know is in the bible?

  • Wesman Todd Shaw

    This is the dumbest article I’ve read in a month of Sundays. Please try harder next time, please?

  • Chris

    The actual NY Times article states,

    “These anachronisms are telling evidence that **the Bible was written or edited long after the events it narrates** and is not always reliable as verifiable history. These camel stories “do not encapsulate memories from the second millennium,” said Noam Mizrahi, an Israeli biblical scholar, “but **should be viewed as back-projections from a much later period.**”

    Asterisk highlights are mine.

    This really isn’t news to anyone, much less biblical scholars. Pick up the New Oxford Annotated Bible, the recent revised New American Bible, the Jerome Biblical Commentary, the New Interpreter’s Commentary or the comprehensive Anchor Bible Dictionary or commentary series and you’ll see many scholars acknowledging that the patriarch stories aren’t historic by modern scientific standards.

    All this article may manage to do is ruffle the feathers of a few fundamentalists, but it does so in a very fundamentalist manner itself.

  • Vainlee

    God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars…..If there is a GOD he only made one light !

  • Peter Naus

    Let’s not forget that the same bunch of terrible travel stories states that bats (which are mammals) are ‘birds’. Or that donkeys can talk. Or that the fictional Moses was so bad at reading the Holy GPS that more than a million people wandered around an area smaller than Texas for 40 years, totally and hopelessly lost! Or…etc.