Hump stump solved: Camels arrived in region much later than biblical reference
Archaeologists who carried out digs in the Arava and in Jordan theorize that the camel first appeared in this country 300 years later than previously thought, long after the kingdoms of David and Solomon.
In Genesis 32, a few verses after Jacob’s dramatic meeting with the angels is described, we learn that he sent gifts to his brother Esau. Along with “two hundred she-goats and twenty he-goats,” there are “thirty milch camels and their colts.” The mention of camels in Genesis – here and in the Abraham and Joseph sagas – is an anachronism well known to...
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