July 4, 2010 | David F. Coppedge

Artifact Found from Biblical Time of Judges

A chariot linchpin has been found in Israel that appears to date from the time of the book of Judges.  The linchpin (a cover over the axle) contains a carved image of a woman, and is being dated at around 1200 BC.  The discoverer believes the location is the site of ancient Harosheth Haggoyim, the home town of Sisera, as mentioned in the story of Deborah and Barak in Judges 4-5.  For picture and background, see PhysOrg; for interpretation and more links, see Bible Places Blog.

It’s always exciting to see artifacts emerge from the sites where Bible stories took place.  Many of us learned these stories as children.  Artifacts bring details to life and illuminate the setting of the accounts.  Archaeology cannot confirm the stories, but can help validate them by showing that they are consistent with independent physical evidence.  They also illustrate that the Biblical stories are not myths in a historical void, but took place in space and time.  They occurred at named sites that can be visited and checked.  This one chariot linchpin says little on its own, but the sum total of artifacts and inscriptions found that are consistent with the Biblical record is compelling, providing added confidence to the reader of Scripture that the Lord has spoken and acted on behalf of those who trust His word.

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