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There is a story emerging the press recently about how King Herod's grave has supposedly been discovered. The whole way the story is being presented is incredibly irritating. Look at this opening paragraph from the Guardian article above.

Archaeologists have unearthed the grave of King Herod the Great, the ruler of Jerusalem who attempted to kill Jesus soon after his birth, it was announced today.

Notice the assumption being made? That the Bible is historical fact and that they are just trying to verify it. As is finding the tomb of King Herod is proof of the Bible's veracity. Completely ignoring the fact that just because King Herod existed, does not mean that he did any of the things that the Bible says he did, including trying to kill Jesus.

The sentence, in all scientific objectivity, should say:

Archaeologists have unearthed the grave of King Herod the Great, the ruller of Jerusalem who, according to the Bible, attempted to kill Jesus soon after his birth, it was announced today.

Four words. That's all it needed. Four words to get around that nasty Christo-centric assumption.

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