Ahab and Naboth’s vineyard

I think I’m going to start another category for the Heart Beat. We’ll call it “The Living Bible”, and deal with science, historical, geographical and archaeological discoveries and evidences which the Bible described thousands of years ago.

This story isn’t new, but it’s not old either and I know I never heard about it. It has to do with an old Testament story in 1 Kings of Naboth’s vineyard and Jezebel’s deception.

Some folks may remember the story-

Ahab coveted Naboth’s vineyard and offered to either buy it or exchange it for, according to Ahab, a “better vineyard.” When Naboth refused, Ahab “lay down on his bed and turned away his face and would eat no food.”

Jezebel came up with the idea to kill Naboth and just take his land. Unfortunately for Naboth, they were successful- unfortunately for Ahab and Jezabel too, that what one sows, so do they reap the consequences.

Anyway, according to an article in Breaking Israeli News back in July of this year,  an archaeologist has discovered that the Biblical story of Naboth’s vineyard is possibly a factual account describing conditions that did exist at the time. Not being religious, her findings suggest a slightly different reading of the story.  However whether or not this is the actual vineyard described in the book of 1 Kings, it doesn’t take away from the fact that things accounted thousands of years ago in Bible ‘stories’ often have evidence backing them up whether they are general instead of a specific person or event.

There are enough evidences provided in different ways which point to the Bible being valid as not only a historical document, but also as the Word of God.  When time affords, I’d like to post more of these kinds of stories on the HB.