The word “canon” is from a Greek word that means a “rule” or “standard”; in the second century Christian church it came to be understood as “revealed truth.” Yet for some Christians the “revealed truth” represented more than for others. It was not until the age of the Reformation that the debate began to rage. How ironic it is that evangelicals today base their beliefs solely on Scripture, and yet their canon was recognized by tradition. In addition, there are at least 28 documented separate titles for the Old Testament canon proving that the individual books had become a collection sufficient enough to warrant various titles to the group (i.e. Church history took very heavily into consideration what Jesus and the New Testament writers thought about the Old Testament in determining canonicity.
There is strong archaeological evidence to show this, but the evidence is partly of a type that does not satisfy certain people with a vested interest in the bible.It is naturally unstable and so it will spontaneously decay back into N-14 after a period of time.It takes about 5,730 years for half of a sample of radiocarbon to decay back into nitrogen.However, it seems obvious to me that contents of the Ugaritic Texts cannot be irrelevant to this weekend's theme about god in times of the Old Testament.
Any evidence from the same geographical region from a time slightly earlier than the Old Testament must shed light on the way people were thinking and acting in their religious lives.However, recent excavations at Tel Rehov are pushing back the dates for the occupation of the biblical lands.