Confirmed chariot fragment suggests Canaanite general Sisera, whose defeat is recorded in ‘Judges’, was based in Wadi Ara

What?  Why do they do that?  Yet they do.

The Jerusalem Post uses that line as their headline for a story that reports the supposed discovery of a chariot linchpin proving the story of Sisera.  How they link Sisera to it is beyond belief.  But note the URL of the piece-

http://www.jpost.com/ChristianInIsrael/Features/Article.aspx?id=180213

‘Christian in Israel’?  Is the entire section intended to draw at best very tenuous connections to some purported past events for modern Christians?  That’s not journalism, that’s tourism.

Someone tell me how that proves where Sisera’s base camp was or anything else related by the biblical story.

The riddle of the identity of a 3,200-year-old round bronze tablet with a carved face of a woman has apparently been solved, 13 years after it was discovered at the El-ahwat excavation site between Katzir-Harish and Nahal Iron (Wadi Ara) by scientist Oren Cohen of the University of Haifa.  The small, broken-off piece of metal is probably part of a linchpin that held the wheel to a war chariot sent to battle by the Canaanite general Sisera against the Israelites, says Prof. Adam Zertal, who for 33 years has led weekly walks with university colleagues and volunteers over “every square meter” of Samaria and the Jordan Rift to search for archeological evidence from biblical times.

Oh come on.  Come on.  Be serious.  The whole line of reasoning which the report relates is absurd.  The Egyptians had similarly designed pins and so it must be one from one of Sisera’s chariots?  Why couldn’t it just be a linchpin from an Egyptian chariot stationed in the area when Egypt controlled the territory?

It’s dreadful that archaeology and little artifacts are constantly twisted to fit preconceptions rather than being allowed to speak for themselves.  Terrible.

12 thoughts on “Confirmed chariot fragment suggests Canaanite general Sisera, whose defeat is recorded in ‘Judges’, was based in Wadi Ara

  1. Joe 2 Jul 2010 at 9:34 am

    As the Palestinians say vis a vis City of David and other projects, give the Israelis a button and they tend to make it into a suit…

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  2. Chuck Grantham 2 Jul 2010 at 11:16 am

    Nice to see the Erik von Daniken school of archaeology is alive and well: Minimalist evidence= Maximalist interpretation.

    BTW, that face looks like an ancient astronaut to me….

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  3. irishanglican 2 Jul 2010 at 11:26 am

    But at least some of the Jews still believe in their Bible history!

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  4. arenmaeir 2 Jul 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Adam Zertal (and his group) represent a very marginal “faction” in Israeli archaeology. His interpretation of El Ahwat (as well as his suggestions regarding a few other sites) have been strongly debated and far from accepted by almost all of the Israeli (and for that matter international) archaeological community.

    If you want to see 2 real chariot linchpins from the Iron I, they have been found at Ekron and at Ashkelon (and published by T. Dothan and L. Stager respectively) – without any connection to Sisera, Barak, Deborah, or even Yael and her chalice of hot milk…

    Aren

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    • Jim 2 Jul 2010 at 12:07 pm

      i wish they’d find yael’s nail.

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  5. irishanglican 2 Jul 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Yeah we need that again! lol

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  6. Chuck Grantham 2 Jul 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Jim,

    Have you checked for Yael’s nail on Ebay under “Biblical Nails”?

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  7. Bob Schillaci 2 Jul 2010 at 1:11 pm

    “The small, broken-off piece of metal is probably part of a linchpin”

    Well they did put in the weasel-word “probably” which, of course, then makes the rest of the story even less probable.

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    • Jim 2 Jul 2010 at 1:17 pm

      i think its a lapel pin, worn by canaanite officials who wanted to suck up to their egyptian masters…

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  8. Tim Bulkeley 2 Jul 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Look it’s obviously a portrait of Deborah, thus moving centuries earlier the first real portrait of a biblical character, up to now Jehu grovelling was the earliest, now we have an authentic archaeologist certified portrait of Deborah, and lone tough lady she looks too 😉

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  9. […] Jim West offers yet another example of how archeology can be misused and abused. […]

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  10. Niels Peter Lemche 18 Jul 2010 at 2:45 am

    I must say that this kind of biblical archaeology is really representing the low life among archaeologists.

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