“I believe we have found Ai…” These are the words of Dr. Bryant Wood regarding the excavation at Khirbet el-Maqatir, a few miles east of the West Bank town of Ramallah.
You will be able to see this video clip and another one describing the activities of a day at a dig on the ABR blog here.
Many scholars have long said that the Bible is wrong in saying that Ai was destroyed by Joshua and the Israelites. Other scholars, associated with the Associates for Biblical Research have been suggesting for several decades that the current location of Ai is incorrect. Now Dr. Wood and his team are able to conduct excavations at an alternative site. Good reading. Take it seriously.
Read Joshua 8 for the biblical account of the capture of Ai.
Posted from AA 1086 over Wyoming.
I noticed that they didn’t actually provide any evidence that this site is a more likely location for Ai than the traditional site. I wonder whether they have any, or whether this is yet another attempt to identify another site simply to avoid having the Bible be unhistorical in any detail.
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