Will camel discovery break the Bible's back?

"Using radiocarbon dating of camel bones that showed signs of having carried heavy loads, Israeli archaeologists have dated the earliest domesticated camels to the end of the 10th century BCE" CNN

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Aaron Blumer's picture

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It's still early in the morning here, but I'm pretty sure there's a very basic logic problem in this piece: finding an old specimen cannot possibly prove that there is no older one out there waiting to be found.

(The Bible also doesn't say anything about how the Dead Sea was created. That's an inference by interpreters.)

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I am sure they were smoking "camels" long before this.

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Aaron Blumer's picture

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For the link, and the humor.

The cigarette reference (or were you referring to a method of preparing camel meat? Wink ) helps illustrate the logic problem.  If you find a pack of camels buried in 1955, does it prove there aren't any buried from 1950 or that nobody smoked 'em in 1950?

Nice one for logic class. Name that fallacy

(There's gotta be something more sophisticated going on among the archeologists, anthropologists, etc., but the CNN post...)

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