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According to a statement released Tuesday by Tel Aviv University, an Israeli scientific breakthrough has allowed researchers to verify biblical stories of wars between ancient Jewish kingdoms and their enemies, according to JNS.org
Researchers have studied archaeological finds containing magnetic minerals that, when heated or burned, register a local magnetic field. Thus, these magnetic records can be used to date fires by comparing them with reports of military campaigns, which is similar to radiocarbon dating.
According to the statement, using such records, a joint study by TAU and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, which involved about 20 researchers from different countries and disciplines, was able to accurately date the layers of destruction at 17 archaeological sites across Israel.
The researchers were able to reconstruct the direction and intensity of the Earth's magnetic field in the charred remains at various battle sites, allowing them to match the dates of the fires with biblical accounts of battles between Israel and Judah, two ancient Jewish kingdoms that formed after the separation of the united Israelite monarchy and the armies of ancient Egypt, Aram. , Assyria and Babylon.
"Findings indicate, for example, that the army of Azail, king of Aram-Damascus, was responsible for the destruction of several cities — Tel Rehov, Tel Zait and Croatian Tevet”, — the statement said. Hazael's campaign also led to the destruction of the Philistine city of Gath, an event described in the Bible.
-Shan. Other geomagnetic data show that cities in the Negev were destroyed by the Edomites, who took advantage of the destruction of Jerusalem and the Kingdom of Judah by the Babylonians. say the researchers.
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