The discovery of 3,000-year-old manure in Israel's Timna Valley could provide clues about the biblical King Solomon and his 10 century B. quest to build the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, archaeologists have said.The History Channel reported on Monday that archaeologists from the University of Tel Aviv began excavating the site of a mining camp in 2013, and in 2014 made several important discoveries, such as the remains of walled structures and fortified gates.That means the ark itself would have been around 145 meters (476 ft) long, 24 meters (79 ft) wide, and 14 meters (46 ft) high.The dimensions are like those of a small cargo ship.“He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels” ().Job, widely regarded as living around the same time as Abram, had 3,000 camels at the beginning of the book, and twice as many at the end. So the biblical evidence is that there were camels in Arabia around 2000 , and that Pharaoh had some too.Many people think the stories in the Bible couldn’t possibly be true.But whether from archaeological finds or physics students reconstructing Noah’s ark, we’re amassing more scientific evidence every year.
Erez Ben-Yosef of the University of Tel Aviv said the fortified walls previously discovered at the smelting camp strongly suggests it was indeed a military target at the time.
Based on pottery and architectural signifiers, the heavily fortified structure — and the rest of the Spring Citadel protecting Jerusalem’s precious water source — were dated to Canaanite construction (Middle Bronze II period).
In addition to protecting the Gihon Spring, the massive fortification served as a sort of security barrier and permitted one entrance to the spring — “from the west only, from within the city,” according to the City of David website.
The source of these claims is a 2013 paper titled “The introduction of domestic camels to the Southern Levant: Evidence from the Aravah valley” The conclusion that skeptics and the media draw is that the Bible is anachronistic when it mentions camels in Abraham’s day, and so Genesis must have been written long after the events it portrays.
The first mention of camels in Scripture is in Genesis 12, after Pharaoh took Sarai into his palace.