Thursday Sept 5, 2019
Identifying the Post Babel Dispersion
In the first lecture in this recorded IGH series on Biblical History and Archaeology, Dr. Doug Petrovitch gave us an introduction to modern archaeological methods. He notes that archaeological scholars are split between on how to synchronize ancient historical events and C-14 dates prior to the ~1400 BC divergence. He proposes that only a solid Biblical History can successfully resolve this split. He then built a basic Old Testament chronological scheme developed from three cardinal events that can be given solid Biblical dates: the fall of Jerusalem, the Exodus, and the entry of Jacob into Egypt. This month he will show how this allows him to identify the Babel dispersion and its historical context. Next month he will deal with the identification of Babel itself and the associated people and times. In future lectures Dr Petrovitch will discuss his research into Jacob and Joseph in Egypt and the world’s oldest alphabet. Dr. Petrovitch is the first archaeologist to do this in any substantial detail. We will stop at appropriate points in these recorded lectures for Q&A and discussion.
Without a solid Biblical chronological scheme most archaeologist throw up their hands and conclude that everything before David has a large mix of mythology. But Petrovitch with a PhD in Archaeology and a strong Biblical faith is pointing the way forward that is consistent with the YEC hypothesis. He makes a good case that he can relate everything after the Flood with the surrounding archaeology.
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