Researchers at Tel-Aviv University radiocarbon-dated the oldest known domestic camel bones in Israel and found that they couldn’t have been around in the days of Abraham, Joseph and Jacob.
Archeologists, Dr. Erez Ben-Yosef and Dr. Lidar Sapir-Hen, say the camel was introduced to the region by Egyptians around 900 BCE, but the Bible claims they were present centuries earlier in 2000 to 1500 BCE.
They believe the study provides “direct proof” that the Bible was written well after the events it describes.
"The introduction of the camel to our region was a very important economic and social development," said Ben-Yosef. "By analyzing archaeological evidence from the copper production sites of the Aravah Valley, we were able to estimate the date of this event in terms of decades rather than centuries."
As they studied copper sites that were active in the Arava Valley centuries ago, there were camel bones present only up until the 9th century.