I first copyrighted ABiT in 2000 as a work in progress: once I understood the general layout. In 2008, I re-copyrighted it showing that work was progressing and that it was a serious work. This blog is the substance of my earlier and continued efforts.
It is noted happily that Syro-Palestinian archaeology is finally releasing archaeological material, unfortunately only after the majority of the work was completed. Therefore, ABiT is heavy on Egyptian information, stretchy at times for the rest of the Ancient Middle East. Be assured research continues.
I did not enter into this effort to confirm what I believed. However, as I worked on through the multiple struggles to harmonize archaeological facts and discoveries with scripture. The more I did come to believe.
Neither theology, nor doctrine is sacred in my work. This includes ancient or archaic theologians that are often used to determine traditional biblical chronology. An example of this is the dependence on 1Kings: 6:1 and those 480 years that separate the Exodus from Solomon’s regal year 4. It is do I reject all of scripture in favor of one verse, or do I find a different understanding of that verse and keep it all.
Modern theories suggesting the Bible is a late creation are not considered in this blog. If you look for the sinking of the Titanic, in 2012 off the coast of Italy, you will not find it. It is no wonder that those theories find no supporting evidence they are looking in the wrong era. Nor do I give time to works that rearrange ancient historical chronology. You cannot fit the Titanic off Italy, in 2012 no matter how you rearrange the history surrounding it.
Understanding that language does evolve over time, we do not speak or write Shakespearean English today do we. I do accept some redactions found in scripture. The documented history of people surviving holocausts also offers suggestions in how ancient people might have responded to the same forces in ancient days.
My comparisons between scripture and archaeological knowledge are not forced, and abuse of scripture to achieve agreement with documented history is not tolerated or allowed. If there is a question, I question the common understanding not scripture. Exceptions are genealogical and chronologies in the Bible that show confusion in their compositions. The books that contain these confusions are historical such as Kings, Chronicles and genealogies wherever they are found. With this understanding, I was finally able to see the difficulties I found in Judges and overcame them as well.
While I usually list one citation, it is because of convention not because there are no other possible citations to use. For the majority of ABiT there are two or more independent citations supporting my conclusion. I simply chose the best one to cite; again for convention sake only.
In the extremely rare cases, where there was no or only one citation the surrounding citations had to be firm and locked either the scripture or archaeological evidence into what could only be its logical and proper place.
Abram Back in Time will challenge your traditional beliefs so be forewarned. In the science of the 21st century, it is only proper to challenge what has come before to be better prepared in the future. Time marches on.