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Camel Domestication Tenth Century BC

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Camels were not domesticated in Israel until centuries after the Age of the Patriarchs - when Abraham, Jacob and Issac are said to have lived - between 2,000 and 1,500 BC. Dr Erez Ben-Yosef and Dr Lidar Sapir-Hen of Tel Aviv University's Department of Archaeology and Near Eastern Cultures used radiocarbon dating to pinpoint the moment when domesticated camels arrived in the southern Levant.

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Comment by Ed Price
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It seems that the domestication process can take many generations. So, what kind of camels would be around before they were domesticated? Wild, tamed camels, of course.

As the generations passed, the camels would become more domesticated as people bred them for domesticated purposes. But, you have to start somewhere. The start would be to take wild camels and tame them, and then breed them. No Bible / history discrepancy.


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