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6, #1, Winter 1993, under the title "The Bible, Science and the Ages of the Patriarchs" by Bert Thompson.(Contact Associates for Biblical Research for back issues of the magazine.) Before we look at the evidence itself, the following by an eminent Assyriologist is significant: There is, it is true, considerable vagueness and contradiction in cuneiform literature about the antediluvian traditions.There are important reasons for reexamining the evidence which points to a date closer to 3000 BC.Unfortunately, many still accept William Henry Green's out-of-date interpretation of the patriarchal genealogies: On these various grounds we conclude that the Scriptures furnish no data for a chronological computation prior to the life of Abraham; and that the Mosaic records do not fix and were not intended to fix the precise date either of the Flood or of the creation of the world (183).He claimed that it was capable of dating animal, plant and human remains of fairly recent origin. As they say on Star Trek, we are all carbon based units.Laboratory research has shown that the radioactive decay of Carbon-14 occurs in a half-life of 5,73040 years through beta decay that causes the Carbon-14 to revert back to Nitrogen-14.
There was a time in educated circles that it was considered a mark of ignorance to believe the Biblical record.Green plainly says he has allowed for great genealogical gaps in order to accomodate scientific "facts" which seem to indicate a very old earth (186).And his view has captured the fancy of several generations of theistic evolutionists. One study on the weaknesses of an approach like Green's begins on page 18 of Archaeology and Biblical Research, Vol.This is not unexpected, even in the light of the latest discoveries.
These now make it seem possible that a specific historic flood provided the original inspiration for the Mesopotamian versions of the deluge, and that this particular flood occurred about 2900 BC.
For some reason, which I have not yet figured out, at least one person per week has been asking me about the Carbon-14 Radiometric Dating Technique.