With one stroke of a pen atheists often delete the historical background of the Bible. For example, ‘No, the bible is not the history of people who lived in Israel. It’s mythology.’
Does that mean the account of the Jews and their neighbours in the Bible is mythology? Are the artefacts of those civilisations in the major museums in Italy and France, the British Museum and the one in Israel, myths? Are they fabrications and legends to support God’s plan to establish an eternal Kingdom of peace?
For example, God called Abraham out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to live in the land Canaan. After a short sojourn in Egypt, he returned to Canaan, where the Hittites were a well known nation. Later his descendants went to live in Egypt for 400 years. After the exodus, they conquered the land Canaan. During the time of king David the Philistines were a menace, as well as the Moabites.
The peoples of the Northern Kingdom (10 tribes of Israel) were exiled in 722 BC by the Assyrians. The Southern Kingdom (2 tribes of Israel) was exiled in three deportations, 606, 597 and 586 BC by the Babylonians. After 70 years of captivity, many went back and rebuilt the temple.
That was the temple that was extensively renewed by Herod the Great, who ruled over Israel by the grace of the Roman empire. The apostle Paul benefited from the Roman empire’s excellent roads and extensive legal system. Later the disciple John was exiled to the island Patmos by the Romans.
The history of the Jews, as written in the Bible, did not take place in isolation. They had interaction with other nations and the world empires of those times. The Assyrians, Babylonians, Medo-Persians, Greeks and Romans all impacted on Israel. Other individual nations like the Moabites, Philistines, and cities like Tyre and Sidon are mentioned.
So how do we answer the claim that the history of the Bible is myth, that its historical data was fabricated? Does it mean that there was no Roman empire, no Greek invasion led by Alexander, no Babylonian empire or whatever else? Does it mean that the descendants of Abraham, the Jews, who live in Israel at present, are mythological?
Should we agree that all these historical facts are nonsense, that atheists have declared them null and void, and thus it will be? Not at all. We want to know how one deletes evidence that different civilisations existed? If atheists, who believe the Bible is myth, can provide a way to ‘trash’ history, we would be glad to hear about it.