The Wright Brothers, Selena, Layla, Moses, and the Truth of the Old Testament


How lots of guys do you know named Wilbur? In all probability not lots of. But if you lived towards the starting of final Century, you would have been considerably a lot more most likely to meet somebody by that name due to the fact in between 1880 and 1930, the name Wilbur was considerably a lot more well known than now. In truth, according to, about 1000 babies out of just about every million born in 1919 was named Wilbur. Though we can not know for specific, the name was likely popularized by people today wanting to commemorate the function completed by Wilbur Wright – a single of the Wright Brothers. The similar holds correct for the name Orville. Though you can likely reside your life devoid of meeting anybody named Orville, the name was considerably a lot more well known back at the turn of the final Century, peaking in recognition about 1910 when roughly 550 out of just about every million babies had been named Orville.

By the 1970s, each Orville and Wilbur had all but died out. Wilbur likely died out due to the fact the name became related with the pig of the children’s book, Charlotte’s Net. Orville died out about the similar time, and that name’s demise may possibly have been linked to the rise of images of the rather nerdish Orville Redenbacher 1st marketing on national tv at the time.

It is funny how popular people today leave their mark by way of the truth that some people today pick out to name their youngsters to honor their preferred celebrities. Take, for instance, the names of Presidents. In the 1930s and 1940s, the name “Franklin” peaked in recognition – likely associated to the recognition of President Roosevelt. The similar is correct of the name Theodore which peaked in recognition in between 1890 and 1910, likely in honor of the earlier President Roosevelt. The name Dwight? You guessed it, it peaked in recognition in the period from 1940 to 1960 incredibly most likely in honor of Common turned President Eisenhower.

Celebrities can lead child names to be a lot more well known. For instance, Selena was decently well known as a name, but when Selena Quintanilla-Pérez became well known starting in 1989 till her tragic death in 1995, the name Selena also became considerably a lot more well known. Heck, even songs can influence name recognition. The name Rhiannon spiked in recognition through the 1970s and 1980s likely spurred on by the Fleetwood Mac song. The name Layla didn’t make considerably of a splash immediately after Derek and the Dominos initially released the song in the 1960s, but when the acoustic version was released by Eric Clapton in 2009, the name (which had turn out to be rising well known due to the fact the 1990s, peaked becoming the 31st most well known female’s name in 2012.

What does this have to do with Christian apologetics? Possibly very a bit.

On March 16, 2019, WatchJerusalem, a web page focused on prophetic-centered evaluation of globe events, published a incredibly exciting write-up entitled Biblical Names Confirmed by way of Archaeology. The write-up looked at the occurrence of specific names in ancient inscriptions (epigraphy), and compared them to the Biblical names and the time-frames in which the people today by these names lived. If the name is related to names utilized at the time, it add credence to the belief that the account offers with true men and women who had the name referenced.

For instance, I wrote a blogpost numerous years ago entitled Goliath of Gath – Was he a True Individual? in which epigraphy was utilized to note that the discovery of the names “Alwt” and “Wlt” on an ancient Philistine shard, the “earliest recognized Philistine inscription ever to be found, mentions two names that are remarkably related to the name ‘Goliath’.” From this bit of proof, it add credence to the notion that Goliath was an actual living character due to the fact his name was related to the names confirmed from this ancient shard.

To believe of it a unique way, suppose that a hypothetical ancient culture (for the sake of comfort, I will name them the Lalupians) named all of it is youngsters with names that started with the letter L. So, every person in the Lalupian culture would have been named Larry, Leroy, Laverne, Lucy, or related names. Now, if there was an account about the Lalupians exactly where it was uncertain if the account had been correct or not but exactly where the story of the person who was the concentrate of the story had been named Joe or Bill that would make it significantly less most likely that that person was an actual particular person due to the fact the name does not match the names we would come across in the Lalupian culture. But if the name of that particular person had been “Louis”, then that provides credence to the belief that that person was a true particular person. Equally importantly, it provides credence to the belief that whoever initially shared the account knew that the Lalupian culture would name it is youngsters in that style.

So, a single of the methods we can support confirm regardless of whether somebody is truth or fiction is to examine the name to other names that had been utilized at the time that the claimed historic figure is suspected to have lived to see if the name fits. Why may possibly this be? Nicely, in a way, it could be mentioned that ancient names had been considerably like our present names – popular people today (leaders, generals, holy guys, and so forth.) could influence what people today named their youngsters. But when our 21st culture turns more than names considerably a lot more rapidly due to the truth that we have so lots of a lot more avenues for identifying heroes or celebrities, ancient cultures would commemorate people today more than lots of decades with tiny adjustments in names.

Hence, if a name utilized in the Bible (or any other ancient supply) fits with the names typically utilized in that culture at the time as determined by archaeological proof, it can support confirm that the person of dubious historical truth basically did basically reside. It may possibly even be that the particular person whose name we know from the ancient supply was the person who triggered the name to turn out to be well known.

The write-up opens up with a statement that I believe is incredibly critical and should really not be overlooked:

It is a classic query in biblical archaeology: Can this biblical person be verified by way of archaeological suggests? And the previous couple hundred years of archaeological discovery have yielded up an unbelievable quantity of proof. So far, at least 53 people today described in the Hebrew Bible have been confirmed by way of stringent analyses (as documented by Prof. Lawrence Mykytiuk right here), along with one more 13 listed as “probables.”

The confirmed existence of 53 people today, plus the probable existence of one more 13 people today – all of whom lived 2500 years ago or longer — is practically nothing to sneeze at. That demonstrates the reliability of the texts in a quite awesome way. But the significance of names does not finish there. The write-up makes use of numerous names from the Bible to note that the name fits with the usage at the time. For instance, the write-up discusses amongst other Biblical figures the name of Moses – a important Jewish leader who is cited repeatedly all through the Old Testament. Is there proof from epigraphy that Moses was a true particular person?

The write-up notes that Moses is traditionally believed to have lived about the 15th Century B.C. The inscription proof from that time tells us this:

He was famously located in a floating basket, adopted, and named “Moses” by an Egyptian princess, “because I drew him out of the water” (Exodus two:10 click right here for parallel proof for this account). As it turns out, Moses—interchangeably Mosis, Moshe or Mose—was an critical name element in royal Egyptian society, dating mainly to correct about the 15th century b.c.e.! The name Moses suggests, in Egyptian, born of—again, just as is inferred in the above-quoted scripture. Moses may possibly have had a longer name to represent the complete phrase “born of water.” This was the case with his contemporaries, such as Tuthmose or Tuthmosis (“born of Tuth”), Ahmose, Amenmose, Ramose, Kamose, Wadjmose (and so forth, and so forth). Once again, all these name sorts are from the similar period—contemporary with Moses. So it would only make sense for a princess of the royal “-mose” household to get in touch with her adoptive son by the similar name.

I am hoping the reader can see the significance of the naming of Moses as Moses in light of the use of the name in royal Egyptian circles. Initial, the use of the name is constant with the usage at the time Moses is suspected to have lived. Second, the use of the name basically adds credence to the notion that Moses was, in truth, genuinely adopted into the Egyptian royal household as described in Exodus two. Lastly, at minimum, the usage of the name shows that whoever 1st shared the story of Moses knew of the custom of the Egyptian royal household to use “Mose” or Mosis” or “Moshe” as the basis for such names. This alone assists prove after once again the falsity of the belief in some circles that the stories from the earliest chapters of the Bible (specially the accounts of the Exodus) had been fictions made by the people today who would turn out to be the Jewish people today when they had been becoming held captive in Babylon as a way to make a national identity. (How would somebody living in slavery in or about the 6th Century B.C. have recognized the naming practices of the Egyptian royal household nine centuries earlier? It is incredibly unlikely that simple access to historical records would not have been out there in that culture – specially to these held in captivity.)

The write-up is a worthwhile study and involves hunting at names like Adam, Eve, Jacob, Shiphrah, and Jabin. It even tends to make a reference to the proof that can be discerned from the failure to name the Egyptian Pharoahs in some of the earliest books of the Bible. Regardless, the comparison of Biblical names to the names of people today living in the cultures at the time as disclosed by archaeology creates a fascinating added way to add a lot more credence to the truth of the Biblical narratives.


If you want to have entertaining hunting up the statistics for your self, I very propose working with the name voyager alternative that can be located at Though some names stay well known more than time (like Elizabeth or Mary), other names rise or fall and it is entertaining to consider the cause for the rise and fall of names.


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