We know and have talked to the people behind Patterns of Evidence and the following news letter
with that said we do not like when amateurs get involved and try to do ‘archaeology’. They may have taken approx. 15 years to make their film and then write newsletters and other things but amateurs only mess things up. We wil provide a few examples here;
And your children shall be shepherds in the wilderness forty years and shall suffer for your faithlessness, until the last of your dead bodies lies in the wilderness. According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land, forty days, a year for each day, you shall bear your iniquity forty years, and you shall know my displeasure.’ – Numbers 14: 33-34 (ESV)
Did the nomadic Children of Israel spend 40 years in the wilderness of the Sinai Peninsula, or did they spend at least part of those four decades wandering to and fro in the Arabian Peninsula? Some argue for the latter.
Not even a valid question we have their itinerary so we know where they went. Some people like Wm. Dever think that the Israelites spent 40 years at Kardesh Barnea but the Bible proves them wrong
Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. – Exodus 3:1 (ESV)
With the aid of Google Earth, University of Western Australia researcher Dr. David Kennedy has catalogued almost 400 stone walls that are hard to detect when you are standing right next to them; nevertheless, they can be clearly viewed via today’s satellite imagery.
There is nothing about this discovery that is vital to any exodus study nor can the former be connected to the latter.
#3. Dubbed “gates” because many look like cattle gates from high above the earth, these walls present themselves in a variety of shapes ranging from rectangular to a capital “I” with stone piles at both ends. The latter shape discourages any thought that these were enclosures meant to contain animals. Many of these stone walls are only three feet high.
Misleading and distorts the actual purpose of the walls. Walls may have eroded away, there is no telling how high they actually went.
#4. Then, too, the ecology of the Arabian Peninsula may have been very different thousands of years ago. Some speculate it may have been more tropical than it is today.
get some prove first before making statements like this. Those walls could have served any purpose and the environment could be the same then as it is today. We also know a lot about the climate in the region the Israelites wandered in as the Bible tells us about it through their complaints and Moses actions.
#5. So, did the ancient Israelites wander in the Arabian Peninsula, as some have suggested. Might these “gates” offer a clue from biblical times that a nomadic people such as this actually existed? Only time and boots on the ground will tell.
This is what really bothers us. There is no way to connect those gates or walls to the people of Israel. There is no clue here and there is nothing tying these walls to nomadic people. We understand why amateurs get involved in archaeology but they should actually learn something before muddying up the waters and misleading those who know even less about the topic. Before making such absurd statements or throwing the these bad questions out there to be considered a little common sense is needed. As well as asking oneself , is this really germane to the topic or is it just hype? Is it pandering to a specific audience or really helping to solve a mystery?
It is a fine line dealing with amateurs as you do not want to curb their enthusiasm but there is a point where they need real instructions instead of letting them ‘hypothesize’ over inane and immaterial topics like these walls. It is not a wise move to present archaeology in the same fashion as the experts or professionals as those groups do not know that much about the topic they are discussing. Modern science may be about the best explanation BUT the best explanation may be far from the truth and the believer cannot get caught up in that.
The believer is taught to go for the truth and that method must be taught to amateurs so that they can avoid making errors in the topics they are interested in.
#6. Keep Thinking
While all people need to keep thinking, this is bad advice as thinking in general does not lead one to the truth. Nor is thinking some haphazard activity. It must be guided. If it isn’t properly guided then it has no hope of reaching the truth.You cannot just think for the sake of thinking especially when you are disseminating information to others. You need to provide the truth or the next step in reaching the truth. For the believer this is essential as they have more at stake than those who do not believe.