Science: Diggers

In Jerusalem last week, Israeli Premier David Ben-Gurion, temporarily ignoring the Eichmann trial, ordered out his scientific troops for a major assault on Biblical history. Find Israel's first army for me, he told an assembly of his country's leading archaeologists. Dig up the remains of Abraham's band of 318 men who pulled off a nighttime pincer attack at Dan and freed Abraham's nephew Lot from Chedorlaomer, King of the Elamites (Genesis 14:15).

Not a man present thought the request unreasonable. They had already dug farther into Israel's past. On display while Ben-Gurion spoke were...

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