Before diving into the archeological evidence for the biblical God in ancient Chinese writings, let us first take a quick look at how these writings originated.
According to tradition, throughout the reign of the Yellow Emperor Huang Di, the very first characters, basic illustrations of familiar items, image words (pictographs) were created. Other examples are Sumerian cuneiform and Egyptian hieroglyphics. A much later advancement is an alphabet which enabled pronunciation of the written information. Some ancient types of writing have actually grown, to make it possible for the reader to pronounce what was composed.
Chinese is such a case where phonetic complements were placed in some characters. Chinese like all languages has actually altered over its 4,000 years of existence. Throughout with the passage of time over the many centuries, the origin and precise definition of these initial pictographs were lost or ended up being blurred; and even the true definition of Shang Di likewise ended up being misunderstood. Superimposed on all of this is stylistic variations of writing characters. Nevertheless, a significant discovery has actually given an insight into early Chinese writing.
The Oracle Bones Writings were found during the 1800s by 2 Chinese scholars, who observed engravings on turtle shells offered in Chinese medication stores in Peking. The oracle bones were first excavated and cataloged in 1899 from a site in Anyang, near Yinxu, the ancient capital of the latter part of the Shang Dynasty of China, situated in modern Henan Province. In these and subsequent excavations near Anyang, more than 100,000 oracle bones have actually been discovered, engraved with more than 1.6 million characters. The oracle bone texts are the earliest extant documents written in the Chinese language. They are engraved on ox shoulder-blades and the flat under-part of turtle shells (as shown). They record questions to which answers were looked for by divination at the court of the royal house of Shang 商, which ruled central China between the 16th and 11th centuries BC. These writings go back about 3,500 years.
Below are some examples depicting God in ancient Chinese writings as seen in the oracle pictographs.
There are many more examples included in the Oracle Bone Writings which support the account in Genesis. These can be found in Dr Nelson’s book; The Discovery of Genesis: How the Truths of Genesis Were Found Hidden in the Chinese Language; and many other books which support the archeological evidence for the biblical God in ancient Chinese writings.
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