We Hear You -- By: Editors
BSpade 25:3 (Summer 2012) p. 58
We Hear You
New Insight Concerning City Gates
Thanks for your article on the purposes and activities of city gates in the Bible. Matthew 16:18 takes on a new meaning in which it states that “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (i.e. the Church.)
Questions About The Ruins At Gobekli Tepe
I recently heard, for the first time in my life, of the 1990’s discovery of the ruins of Gobekli Tepe in Turkey. I was wondering if anyone at ABR has formed any opinions on the true age of the Gobekli Tepe ruins. So far all I have read about them is a few articles on the Internet after I originally camea cross videos about them on YouTube. I just think they are fascinating, and as a steadfast Bible believer, I was wondering if the professionals at ABR have some thoughts on how a place like Gobekli Tepe fits into the timeline of ancient civilizations, catastrophes, etc. I think it is especially interesting that these ruins are not all that far from the Ararat region. Thank you in advance for any reply.
Response By ABR Staff:
Gobekli Tepe is one of those very ancient and mysterious archaeological discoveries about which very little is known. Invariably, these sites are dated with evolutionary assumptions, and usually C-14 dating. Because of the absence of pottery in most cases, these sites are actually very difficult to date. This looks like another one of those mysterious sites from the so- called Neolithic/Chalcolithic periods. In the biblical framework, they should be dated to be early post-Flood. We have not done any detailed study on this subject, but we can refer you to a general article written by our friends at CMI: Creation.com/gobekli-tepe. Their general critique provides the Christian with the broader issues of dating, evolutionary assumptions, etc. However, there is not a detailed analysis of any of the evidence presented.
ABR colleague Rick Lanser published an article in the Spring 2009 issue of Bible and Spade, entitled, “Making Sense of the Days of Peleg.” The primary thrust of his article is to discuss the splitting up of the continents, but part of his discussion also details some of these other mysterious structures found all around the world. You can get a copy from the ABR online bookstore: Biblearchaeology.org/bookstore/product.aspx?id=87
ABR And BAR?
I’ve become a very big fan of Associates of Biblical Research. Is their a difference between your association, and Biblical Archaeological Review? I would like to order a copy of your Bible and Spade magazine. Can I just mail my order to your address, or do I have to order over th...
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