Thideology Research Team: Case File 002

North Sinai, EGYPT — The Thideology Research Team has reported that Egypt’s chief archaeologist, Dr. Zahi Hawass, when asked by reporters about the biblical account of the Israelites’ flight from Egypt as recorded in the book of Exodus, had nothing to report.

According to an article in The New York Times, Dr. Hawass invited a bus load of journalists into the North Sinai to see his latest discovery — some recently uncovered walls to an ancient military fort — when he was asked about the Exodus.

“Really, it’s a myth,” he said, basing his opinion on…well…nothing.

According to Hawass, since there has not yet been any archaeological evidence to support the biblical account of the Exodus, it must not have happened. The Thideology Research Team scholars have pointed out two things:

  1. This is an argument from silence (which is considered a logical fallacy), and…
  2. Archaeology has never once been contrary to Scripture.

The New York Times article also quoted Dr. Hawass as saying, “Sometimes as archaeologists we have to say that never happened because there is no historical evidence.”

No historical evidence? Really?

Ancient manuscripts are evidence. The Bible is evidence. Aha, skeptics will say, but is the Bible reliable? Yep, more so than any other ancient writing — ever.

There may not be any archaeological evidence to support the biblical account of the Exodus… yet. But, Research Team scholars point out, that doesn’t mean the evidence doesn’t exist and it’s a poor basis for an argument against the textual/historical evidence we do have which supports the Exodus.

Dr. Hawass could not be reached to respond to the Research Team scholars —apparently he doesn’t have a good answer.

About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

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