Michael Foust | ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor
A team of researchers from four Israeli universities say they have validated an often-disputed event in the biblical book of 2 Kings using a new scientific method they call a “breakthrough.”
The biblical event, as described in 2 Kings 12:17, involves a battle in Gath: “About this time Hazael king of Aram went up and attacked Gath and captured it. Then he turned to attack Jerusalem.” The biblical city is now modern-day Tell es-Safi, Israel.
Researchers at four Israeli universities — Tel Aviv University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Bar-Ilan University, and Ariel University — say their new method proves that the bricks that archaeologists found at the site were destroyed in a fire that would have been set by King Hazael’s army. Skeptics of the biblical account had theorized that “the building had not burned down but rather collapsed over decades, and that the fired bricks found in the structure had been fired in a kiln prior to construction,” a news release said.
Their findings were published in the scientific journal Plos One.
The researchers’ method involves measuring Earth’s magnetic field that is “recorded” in the burnt bricks.