The Nuzi or Nuzu Tablets
The Nuzu or Nuzi
Tablets, found in Nuzi (near
As summarized by H. H. Rowley: “Their [the Biblical accounts of the patriachs] accurate reflection of social conditions in the patriarchal age and in some parts of the Mesopotamia from which the patriarchs are said to have come, many centuries before the present documents were composed, is striking.”
And in another conclusion from J.A. Thompson: “The fact that there are so many links with the world of the first part of the second millennium BC is inexplicable if the stories of the Patriarchs are only the inventions of later days. It would seem impossible for the Israelites of those centuries to have access to such information as we now find beneath the earth on thousands of baked clay tablets. The fact that the Bible customs are so close to the contemporary customs is a strong argument either for written records, or for reliable oral traditions. We are compelled to conclude that the narratives of Genesis 12–50 have a solid historical basis.”
 From G.L. Archer, A Survey of Old Testament Introduction (1998), page 179.
 Robert J. Morgan, Evidence and Truth (2003), page 93.
 See C. H. Gordon in The Biblical Archaeologist 3 (1940), page 5.
 Cf. Gordon in Revue Biblique 44 (1935), page 35.
 Rowley, in Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, 32 (Sept. 1949), page 76.
 J.A. Thompson in Archaeology & the Old Testament, page 31.
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