"Archaeology" Article Items

Archaeology has affirmed much of the ancient history of Israel including the existence of Sodom, the historicity of the ancient Jewish kings, the existence of ancient Jews in Israel, the likely place of Mt. Sinai and the place of the Red Sea Crossing, the wars of Canaan Conquest, the likely Pharaoh who chased Moses to the Red Sea, and much else.

Age of Old Testament

Recent archaeological discoveries show the ancient Hebrews had high rates of literacy and writing ability.

Posted on May 14, 2020 by

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The age of the Old Testament has been a point of controversy between those who believe in the literal truth of the Old Testament versus secular scholars who believe it to be a relatively new invention. A study recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests the Hebrew Bible is older than most have previously believed.  The study was performed at the Tel Aviv University in Israel who analyzed multi-spectral images of sixteen ancient Hebrew inscriptions. The letters are written in ink of broken pottery shards (ostraca) using a proprietary software program specially designed for this purpose.  The… Read More »

Jezebel’s Hometown

Posted on May 5, 2020 by

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The Biblical Archaeology Society wrote a nice piece concerning Jezebel’s hometown – the infamous Queen who led Israel into idolatry but later was eaten by dogs. Sidon Sidon was an influential ancient Phoenician city along the Mediterranean Sea now located in modern-day Lebanon.  Some of the latest archaeological discoveries concern the polytheistic religion and worship practice of the ancient Sidonians.  This is relevant to Biblical history as Jezebel was from this area. The ancient Sidonians were Canaanites who shared much of their religion and customs with other Canaanites south of them.  The Phoenicians were Canaanites who were not pushed aside… Read More »

Moabite Stone Altar

Close inspection of writing on ancient ceramic shards demonstrate very ancient writing.

Posted on April 30, 2020 by

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The recently discovered Moabite stone altar attests to the historicity of an ancient Jewish conflict between Israel and the Biblical Kingdom of Moab. The Kingdom of Moab Moab was a country near ancient Israel founded by the descendants of Lot, the nephew of Abraham.  The Bible notes this country was frequently in conflict with Israel. This historical conflict started when the country impeded the crossing over into the Promised Land from the desert.  As a consequence, they were excluded from joining the Jewish nation for ten generations. The Book of Ruth in the Old Testament is story of a Moabite… Read More »

The Upper Room

Jerusalem

Posted on April 8, 2020 by

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The Upper Room is one of the most venerated places in Jerusalem.  It is a site featured in the New Testament Gospels as the place where Jesus had his Last Supper with his disciples, and where he later appeared to them after the Resurrection.  It is also the place where the first believers gathered together to await the arrival of the Holy Spirit. The  Biblical Archaeology Society has an excellent article showing possible ancient renderings of the Upper Room in various churches throughout the ancient world.  This article has these renderings in order for the readers to make their own… Read More »

The Ancient Canaanites

Archaeology sites validate the Biblical narrative.

Posted on March 29, 2020 by

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The ancient Canaanites are an ancient population that inhabited the Promised Land when the Hebrews escaped from slavery in Egypt under the leadership of Moses. Ancient texts show the Canaanites lived in the “land of Canaan” which may have included portions of modern-day Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan. Much of what we know about the Canaanites comes from the records of other population groups. Some of the most detailed information comes from the ancient Egyptian site of Armana, with additional information coming from modern excavations of Canaanite sites. Archaeology scholars believe the Canaanites represented a diverse group of people… Read More »

Tabernacle Found at Shiloh

Posted on February 6, 2020 by

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Evidence for the Tabernacle found in Shiloh in Israel.  The Tabernacle was used as the home of the Ark of the Covenant until the construction of the First Temple by Solomon. For many years, it was the center of worship in Israel and served as the capital until the time of David when Jerusalem was conquered. Archaeologist Dr. Scott Stripling believes he might have found the actual last location of the Tabernacle – a remarkable feat if it can be proven true. He has been excavating at a site in ancient Shiloh and has found remnants of the supporting structure… Read More »

The David and Goliath Story

Christians have a greater chance of success - however that may be defined.

Posted on January 28, 2020 by

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The David and Goliath story is one of the best-known passages in Scripture.  In this story, a 17-year-old shepherd boy comes to a battlefield where two opposing armies are camped. The Israelites are facing off with the Philistines, and there is a champion from the Philistines shouting at the Jews. The Philistines are suggesting they have a one-off; a fight between two champions to decide the fate of each nation. The fight would be to the death, but only one person would have to die rather than hundreds from each side. It seemed like a good idea – at least… Read More »

Ahab in the Bible

King David's Palace has been found in Old Jerusalem, along with a multitude of confirmatory artifacts including ancient bullae and pottery. These latter items confirm the historicity of Scripture confirming the David dynasty in the tenth century BC.

Posted on January 15, 2020 by

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Liberal scholarship over the past century placed doubt on whether the ancient Jewish kings such as Ahab in the Bible really existed. Many believe they were just myths perpetuated by Jewish writers centuries later in order to promote a glorious past history. Fortunately for those promoting the accuracy of the Bible, such scholarship is being proven wrong with each passing year. We now have firm archaeological evidence for the existence of King David, Isaiah, Josiah, Jeremiah, among many other Biblical characters. The historicity of the Biblical narrative is being demonstrated every day with new findings from the archaeological field. Not… Read More »

Emmaus

The location of Emmaus has been a point of contention for years. Now archaeologists have made a discovery.

Posted on December 27, 2019 by

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In one of the more interesting passages in Scripture, there are two disciples of early Christianity walking on the road to Emmaus shortly after the crucifixion of Christ. They were discussing the amazing events of the past few days including the trial and execution of their leader. The story occurs in the Gospel of Luke and gives one of the disciples the name of Cleopas. While walking on the road, they met another person apparently walking the same road whom they did not recognize. These disciples discussed how grief-stricken they were as the ministry of Christ had apparently ended so… Read More »

Bulla Affirm the Bible

Ancient seals worn as a ring would be pressed into wet clay which would identify the owner of a legal document. Seals from ancient Israel are being identified which support the Biblical narrative.

Posted on December 22, 2019 by

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Most Christians are not familiar with the ancient Jewish legal and so are unfamiliar with a bulla and how the bulla affirm the Bible. Many Scripture characters were important people in their time and produced bulla during their lifetimes. Today, we have legal contracts where a signature is confirmed by a notary public or other means. This was not possible in ancient Israel. Bible bulla are clumps of dried clay into which a carved stone seal was impressed. The impression often had both writings identifying the owners of the seal, and images. These images might reflect the national state if… Read More »