Yesterday a friend sent me a link to this scandalous story. Recent archaeological research suggests that camels were first introduced to Israel in the year 900. This, of course, postdates the lives of many Israelite patriarchs and suggests that many such stories were composed in a postexilic period (I know, shocking!).
But are we talking about 900 BCE or 900 CE? If you get your news from the Weather Channel link (above), you'll be off by about 1800 years. While the reporter tells us that camels were not used in Israel until 900 after Christ, the TAU study concludes, rather, that camels were first introduced to the region in 900 BCE.
To be honest, I'm not too bothered by biblical anachronisms - just so long as the Bible is more reliable than the weatherman.