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Acquiring and Distributing Knowledge                      Aug 6, 2020
Regarding God's Creation
Gen 7:19  The water prevailed more and more upon the earth, so that all the high mountains  everywhere under the heavens  were covered. ... 8:4  In the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat. 5 The water decreased steadily until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains became visible.   - NASU       (Bold emphasis added.)
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           Ancient Sumer and Before the Flood

GHCA has been studying archaeology for nearly a year now and we coming close to our goals. Archaeology is important because many conclude that where they see little archaeological evidence for the Bible's major events then they must conclude that those events are mythological. So, many authorities assert that most of the Bible's history before the kings of Judah and Israel is largely fictitious because there was no substantial archaeological verification for many years. Those with this view are often referred to as "minimalist". Given minimalism we can't expect many to become interested in the Bible's version of creation. Nor are many likely to be interested in the Bibles theology which comes from Genesis and underlies everything in the new Testament.
 
Another group called "maximalist" or "Biblical archaeologists" point out that over the last two centuries the Bible's narrative has led archaeologists to a very impressive number of discoveries that well confirmed much about the Bible. The maximalist assert that the record of success demands that additional evidence should be diligently pursued in the areas where evidence is still lacking. For decades the entire Hebrew sojourn in Egypt has been wanting for archaeological evidence.
 
Many church leaders have heard little other than the minimalist view so they are often uneasy about affirming creation or critiquing evolution. That  leaves them with little historical or theological foundation. Likewise, the general public sees little but the minimalist view. So, how can we expect them to be much  interested in Biblical creation, history, or theology?
 
Fortunately, in the last few decades quite significant archaeological evidence has begun to appear regarding both the Babel event and much of the Hebrew sojourn in Egypt. Some of the most significant work has been produced by PhD Archaeologist,  Dr. Doug Petrovich. A very brief outline follows to refresh our memory:
 
A strong case can be made that the Tower of Babel event occurred in Uruk in southern Mesopotamia. The Uruk Expansion of conventional archaeology caused a rapid migration out of Uruk and Sumer in many people groups. These previously peaceful people suddenly began to commonly settle differences through force rather than negotiation. When people are unable to communicate force, violence, and subjugation take over. Also, Sumerian legends indicate that previously all people spoke one language. Also, the first historical writing followed soon after the Uruk Expansion.
 
Dr. Petrovich makes a good case that Biblical Nimrod can be equated with historical Sargon of Akkad. Nimrod/Sargon started his empire from Eridu, Uruk, and Akkad (interestingly Akkad has never been located).  He expanded his control northward building or rebuilding cities to form the Assyrian Empire under one language. He was know as an tyrannical ruler slaughtering people not hunting animals. Other languages groups either migrated elsewhere or became subservient or both. In regard to the Biblical genealogies Nimrod followed several generations after Cush. In regard to the conventional archaeological timeline the Uruk expansion occurred around 3400 BC and the Akkadian period was about 2400 to 2200 BC.
           
The Hebrews become visible in Egypt when Joseph interpreted the Pharaoh's perplexing dream and was make second in command over all of Egypt for the purpose of preparing Egypt to withstand the coming years of famine. The abundance Pharaoh was Sesostris II and the year was 1885 BC. Joseph appears in the History of Egypt under several names related to the distinguishing event in his life in Egypt as was the Egyptian custom. Joseph started his work at Lahun building canals from the Nile to flood a low lying area call the Faiyum and irrigate the surrounding. That area is still a major agricultural producer.
 
Jacob and his clan entered Egypt in the second year of famine and settled in Avaris in the eastern Nile Delta by the Pharaoh's command, now Sesostris III. Jacob died in 1859 BC after he adopted Joseph's two eldest sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, giving the primary blessing to the younger, Ephraim. Ephraim (he who was lifted up) got the chief job of running the estate while Manasseh (he who lost his place) was assigned to oversee the mines in the sweltering Sinai.
 
The first alphabetic language appeared at this time in the Sinai mining areas in a Semitic language that had never been completely deciphered until Dr. Petrovich deciphered them as Hebrew. This language used a small subset of the Hieroglyphic pictographs as the letters of the alphabet. These first appeared where the Hebrew were in the Egyptian mines, not in the Levant. Also Joseph and his sons were no doubt well educated and instructed in hieroglyphics but they had no way to write their own language, so they invented the first alphabetic language much more simple and efficient than hieroglyphics.. Joseph died in 1805 BC.
 
In the Second Intermediate Period of Egypt (~ 1668 - 1575 BC) uncontrolled migrations, chaos and eventual foreign control by Hyksos invaders ensued. As Egyptians regained control around 1550 BC Semites were feared and suppressed and the Hebrews became enslaved and essentially disappeared from history again.
 
The Biblical date of the Exodus is 1446 BC and the plague events would be within a year before that. Like today's politicians the Egyptian pharaohs were bent on making themselves look good and suppressing from the public record all that goes wrong. It very well fits that Hatshepsut retrieved Moses from the reed mash and raised him in the palace where he received the best of education. Eventually Moses had to flea for his life. After spending 40 years in Midian an encounter with God there returned him to Egypt to bring the Hebrew peoples out of slavery in 1446 BC. After the plague and Exodus debacle the Egyptian Pharaoh Amenhotep II mounted excursions into the Levant to bring errant kings back in control. At the same time they took more than a hundred thousand slaves back to Egypt with them. Not long before the Egyptians were concerned that they had too many slaves to keep under control! There was also a campaign to deface public images of Queen Hatshepsut across Egypt. 
 
But what about the Exodus rout? It is logical that Moses would be inclined to take the Hebrews back to the mountain in Midian where he encountered God and was ordered to go bring the Hebrews out of Egypt. This is where the archaeological evidence becomes problematic and remains so until after the conquest of Canaan.
 
The Patterns of Evidence organization of Tim Mahoney has recently delved into the Exodus rout problem extensively. He continues his method of interviewing the best experts advocating opposing lines of thought and illustrating each with great movie renditions. The result is both highly educational and entertaining. On July 17 Mahoney made a special presentation of "The Red Sea Miracle part 2" and now that video is still available and on DVD soon. Mahoney's result does not present enough archaeological evidence to be a final solution. But it does do an excellent job of presenting the possible evidences from several viewpoints. In the end the current evidence leans fairly strongly toward the mountain of God being in Midian east of the Gulf of Akaba. The movie also leans toward a miraculous sea crossing of the Gulf of Akaba at Neweibaa Beach. Crossing there would be a miracle, a big miracle indeed! 
 
For those who missed the July 17 presentation online and are interested in the current state of hypotheses and the supporting evidence and that which is still missing, it is worth the cost to buy the Red Sea Miracle Part 2. More here.
 
Dr. Petrovich has announced two more books on process on Biblical Archaeology so we definitely looking forward to the 2nd volume.
 
On August 6th GHCA will go back before Nimrod and the tower of Babel event and take a look at Dr. Petrovich's paper titled Identifying the "Sons of God" in Genesis 6:1-7. Just who and what were these? We will take brief look at the Sumer King lists that include some who are claimed to predate the flood. What is known about these Sumerians and their strange legends. Some people think that some legends speak of people from another world. For sure not all is true but we should be aware of a little of what is floating around and what is most likely and not.

August 6, 2020
Ancient Sumer and Before the Flood
Presented by Frank Mayo
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Examples of Important YEC Scientific Evidences 

Some major examples of physical evidence we point to include:
  • Remains of original soft tissue still found in dinosaur bones. Along with that tissue is C-14 that would decay completely away in less than a hundred thousand years, a tiny fraction of the dinosaur fossil's supposed age.
  • For many years geologists have found C-14 in fossil carbon throughout the fossil record. So, the entire fossil record is less than 100,000 years old.
  • The origin of the information and molecular machinery in the first living self-reproducing cell remains a complete enigma for biologist and biochemists.
  • In the origin of the universe, big bang theory is being recognized as a dead end by increasing numbers of secular scientists. The hypothesized inflation has nothing to start it, drive it forward, or stop it. Without inflation fatal flaws appear with the absence of predicted antimatter, magnetic monopoles, or any means for the whole universe to come to the same precise background temperature. Then the formation of the first stars is as enigmatic as the origin of the first biological cell. Dark matter and dark energy are as enigmatic as the galactic motions they are needed to explain.
At the root of all standard science are many assumptions that may be quite incorrect. At the top is that there is no God. Another is that present process can be used to explain everything in the past. When we look at a canyon we are taught to assume the river at the bottom cut the canyon. But perhaps tectonic events made the canyon and there is a river at the bottom because water always flows downhill. At the root of big bang theory is a pure assumption that has been named the "Cosmological Principle". Perhaps inaccuracies there are responsible for the big bang's multitude of problems.    
 
There is more about the role of assumptions in science found on our website here. There are many more resources on young earth and young universe evidences here.

 
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Ongoing Prayer Needs and Praises!

Christians around the world are being persecuted and murdered to force them out of their homes or to change their faith. Pray for God's protection for them and support from Christian organizations in the West.

John Morris    Continue to pray for John and all the leaders, researchers, and writers in the YEC community.  
      
AIG, CMI, CRS, ICR, and LRA (Logos Research Ass.)  the big five YEC creation organizations doing active research, publication and speaking. Pray for inspiration, enabling and financing. 

GHCA and Roger Sigler, Fred Bauhof, Tony Comeaux, Pete Moore, Frank Mayo a nd other GHCA members working to do research, publication, or local teaching ministries in creation science. We all need the Lord's guidance, enabling and funding. 

Jobe and Jenna Dee Martin:    Give thanks for continued good health and continued production of great creation DVDs and speaking tours.

David and Mary Jo Nutting, f ounders of Alpha Omega Institute. Pray for their speaking staff and continued training young speakers.

John and Eileen Pendleton doing creation and gospel ministry in Zacatecas Mexico, Central and South America, and Cuba! Pray for support and funds.

News from Houston, Texas & around the World 
 
Houston:
    
Houston Science & Culture Network
Houston chapter of the Discovery Institute's division of Science and Culture.
More info at    discovery.org/SCNhouston

Why Neuroscience Points to a Soul  a great article for all from the DI.

James Tour: The Mystery of the Origin of Life   
Tour calls out false claims. See also the link to Tour's response to critics.


San Antonio:  Tx flag
The San Antonio Bible Based Science Association (SABBSA) usually meets the second Tuesday of each month, 7:00 p.m., at Faith Lutheran church just south of the corner of Thousand Oaks and Jones Maltsberger.  More info is at  www.sabbsa.org .
 
  
Dallas-Ft Worth:  
The Metroplex Institute of Origin Science (MIOS) meets at the Dr. Pepper Starcenter, 12700 N. Stemmons Fwy, Farmers Branch, TX, usually at 7:30 pm on the first Tuesday of each month. 
 
  
Lubbock Area (Crosbyton):
All year: Consider a visit to the  Mt. Blanco Fossil Museum, directed by Joe Taylor. The Museum is definitely worth the visit if you live near or are traveling through the Panhandle near Lubbock. If you call ahead and time permitting, Joe has been known to give personal tours, especially to groups. For more information, visit  http://www.mtblanco.com/.
  
   
Creation Evidences Museum  in Glen Rose TX (south of Ft. Worth), lectures 1st Sat. each month,  http://www.creationevidence.org/ .
  
Also see the nearby Dinosaur Valley State Park with many dino tracks, although presented with secular view of evolution,  (link here) .