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Here's an example of how stupid these kinds of claims are.
Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:51am (XFF:

I saw a story on FaceBook titled something like "Archeology Provides Evidence of Samson Story!"

OK. Cool. Maybe they've found real evidence that a man with superhuman strength actually existed and toppled a temple by pushing apart two pillars.

Uh. No.

They found a temple that had two pillars. They admit that it isn't THE temple. Just A temple that MIGHT be SIMILAR to the temple that Samson supposedly toppled.

And that discovery is supposed to rock the foundations of biblical history or something.

Such ridiculous nonsense.

Like I said, unless it's Science Fiction, it isn't uncommon for fictional stories to reference real people, real places, real events. So finding an inscription that proves that a character in the bible actual existed should cause a reaction of "Yeah? So?"


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    • Here's an example of how stupid these kinds of claims are. — SES, Tue Aug 29 5:51am
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