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Archaeology And The Bible

Many events in the Bible which previously passed as ‘pious tales’ were proved by archaeological excavations to be historical.  In Palestine, places and towns, frequently mentioned in the Bible are being brought into the light of day and look exactly as the Bible describes them and are located exactly where the Bible says they were. Scholars encounter more and more inscriptions and monuments with the names of people mentioned in the Old and New Testament. The Bible is story of man’s salvation but is, at the same time, a book about things that actually happened. The events have been recorded with an accuracy that is nothing less than startling.

Archaeology, the Bible, and the Leap of Faith.. Does the archeological accuracy of the Bible have anything to do with it's truth claims? Not according to many world-class archaeologists. There's a catch, however, which tells us volumes about modern man and his dilemma.

Age Of The Patriachs.. Abraham came from “Ur of the Chaldees... Scholars thought this was a legendary place until.... Also the historical backdrop of the patriarchal stories "match remarkably well" what scholars have found in documents from ancient Mesopotamia.

A Global Flood.. Hundreds of tribal legends and ancient accounts from Egypt, Babylon, and the Indus confirm the account of Noah's Flood from the book of Genesis.

Legends of the Flood Anthropologists who study legends and folktales from different geographical locations and cultures consistently have reported one particular group of legends that is common to practically every civilization. Legends have surfaced in hundreds of cultures throughout the world that tell of a huge, catastrophic flood that destroyed most of mankind, and that was survived by only a few individuals and animals.

Joshua's Conquest: Did It Happen?   It would be unreasonable to insist that we be able to prove every detail of an account of events occurring more than three thousand years ago. However, it is rather surprising how much evidence we actually have to corroborate or confirm the account of the Conquest. The skeptic's claim that it never occurred would seem to be the view that should be on the defensive.

Jericho The name Jericho brings to mind Israelites marching, trumpets sounding and walls falling down. It is a wonderful story of faith and victory, but did it really happen?

David, Solomon and their Successors.. With respect to David, until recently no historical, archaeological evidence has been available to deny or confirm if he lived. But in 1993.... Archaeological confirmation of various details of the kings of Israel, their various battles with Assyria and Moab, the ‘Ivory Palace’.  Sennacherib’s records of the siege and Babylonian records of the captivity.

The Seals.. Confirming the existence of some of the high officials of the kings of Israel.

The Pool Of Gibeon .   “..Gibeon was a great city, like one of the royal cities…” Joshua 10:2. The rubble of a great cistern reveals the reason for Gibeon’s prosperity. Includes Joshua’s knives and Gihon - Fairly recent excavations have thrown light on an obscure passage in 2 Samuel 5:8 - “Whosoever climbs up by way of the water shaft and defeats the Jebusites...”

Hezekiah’s Tunnel Ranks as one of the outstanding archaeological attestations to Biblical accuracy.

The Last King Of Babylon.. Was Daniel in error when he wrote that Belshazzar was king?

Evidence for Jerusalem From the Tell el-Amarna Tablets.. The famous Amarna letters were discovered at Tell el-Amarna in Egypt more than a century ago.

Archaeology and The Book Of Acts .. A theological-historical work composed in the latter part of the first century A.D., by Luke who was a friend, disciple, traveling companion of the apostle Paul, and an eye witness of much of what he wrote OR a product of a highly skillful and imaginatively creative writer of the latter part of the second century A.D.

The Star Of Bethlehem.. What kind of star convinces a group of Gentile wise men to search for the new King of the Jews and actually leads them to Him?

A very small number of archaeological verifications of the Bible have been recorded here. For much more information read the excellent book ‘The Bible as History’ by Werner Keller. (Bantam Books)


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