Biblical Archaeology Review 11:4, July/August 1985

Queries & Comments

Ai and the Bible

To the Editor:

I read the articles, “The Problem of Ai,” BAR 11:02, by Ziony Zevit and “Was My Excavation of Ai Worthwhile?” BAR 11:02, by Joseph A. Callaway. It grieves my heart to read such anti-Bible material in the name of “Biblical” archaeology!

Apparently, Professors Zevit and Callaway do not believe the Bible because they constantly elevate archaeology above what the Bible says. This is a very dangerous practice because the Bible is the Infallible, Inerrant, Holy Word of the Living God. It is literally God-breathed. It is not just any book that can be tampered with according to whim (2 Peter 1:20–21; 2 Timothy 3:16; Psalms 12:6). It is not for us to add to, take away from, or contradict when something doesn’t appear to agree with what we think. It does not have to be proven to be true. It is God’s Word, the final Authority. Tampering with God’s Word is bound to bring God’s judgment upon that individual (Deuteronomy 4:2; Revelation 22:19–20). God’s ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:9). What God says is so!

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