The Nazis are also looking for the Ark, but Sallah lowers Indy into the “Well of Souls” and they discover that the Nazis are digging in the wrong place.
Something very similar is happening with the Bible.
Many Bible scholars are looking for historical evidence of the Bible in the wrong TIME period.
Chronology is vitally important in aligning purported events to their corresponding calendar date, and this is no easy task for any ancient historian!
One of the difficulties in reconstructing an accurate chronology of events is that cultures of the past had different ways of reckoning time. Thiele was one of the first scholars in the twentieth-century to realize the importance of chronology in the Old Testament.
Or to put it different way, when an archaeologist digs up a pottery fragment there is no date stamped on it. In 1951 he published his ground-breaking book, The Mysterious Numbers of the Hebrew Kings where he set out to accurately reconcile the reigns of the Hebrew kings mentioned in the Old Testament to neighboring Near Eastern cultures.
Part 3b Archaeological Evidence for the Historicity of the Old Testament: The Patriarchs THE OLD TESTAMENT PERIOD IS AN AREA OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH WHICH IS BEGINNING TO YIELD SUPRISING RESULTS Contrary to the biblical minimalists and others, there is good historical evidence for the Old Testament as a historical narrative.
The problem today is that theories and interpretations which defend the historical and archaeological contexts of the Patriarchal period are for the most part, not accepted in the current politically-correct climate of main-line universities.
Funding, grants and tenure are at stake for many professors.
The situation is really very similar to what is happening to scientists who would dare endorse and or accept Intelligent Design (ID).
To most archaeologists working in the field today and ancient Near Eastern historians, the question of whether or not the biblical patriarchs ever existed (much less a Supernatural God’s dealings with them and promises to them) is just a meta-question.
It’s a non-sense issue because the questions that drive biblical research today are not questions of biblical inerrancy or integrity.
To many liberal scholars the text is nothing more than entertaining stories; the Patriarchal stories of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are no more true than the epic myths of Hesiod, Ovid and Homer which tell of Zeus and Apollo. Eugene Merrill points out, “…if the Bible is in no sense revelatory but merely the religious reflections of an ancient Semitic tribal people, it hardly deserves serious theological inquiry.
Like the great religious texts of the Egyptians, Mesopotamians, and Hittites, it may be of interest to students of comparative religion; but it can hardly qualify as authoritative for faith and life.” In other words, if we can’t trust the Bible with earthly things, then how can we trust it with eternal things? CHONOLOGY IS THE BACKBONE OF HISTORY In the 1981 movie Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indy and his sidekick Sallah have located where they believe the famous Ark of the Covenant is buried.