Archaeologists are digging up bible stories:

100 stunning discoveries that confirm the Bible.

                                                                                                                 

Archaeology is an important science that confirms the historical accuracy of the Bible. Since the Bible refers to hundreds of cities, kings, and places, we would expect to find evidence from on-site excavations. And this is exactly what we have found. The Bible is the most historically accurate book of history on earth. Read the Bible daily!

 

Photo Gallery of the 100 most incredible archeological objects

Introduction

The shovel and spade have confirmed that the historical information of the Bible is both accurate and reliable.

Archaeology is an important science that confirms the historical accuracy of the Bible. Since the Bible makes reference to hundreds of cities, kings, and places, we would expect to find evidence from on-site excavations. If we did not find any such evidence, we would highly question the Bible's claim of inspiration and tend to view it as myth and folklore. We would regard the Bible as the product of human imagination rather than a divinely inspired record about real historical events, about real people living in real cities.

At the turn of the century, skeptics viewed the Bible as myth rather than real world history . For example, the Bible makes over 40 references to the great Hittite Empire. You see, 100 years ago, no archaeological evidence had ever been found to prove it really did exist. "Just another Bible myth!" skeptics charged in an attempt to destroy our faith in the Bible. This, however, cannot be said today, for in 1906, Hugo Winckler uncovered a library of 10,000 clay tablets. These ancient records fully documented the long lost Hittite Empire and confirmed the reliability of the Bible. Later excavations uncovered Boghazkoy, the capital city of this "mythical" empire.

These discoveries not only authenticate Scripture, but also illuminate many aspects of biblical culture. Abraham's purchase of Ephron's field records the following: "So Ephron's field, which was in Machpelah, which faced Mamre, the field and cave which was in it, and all the trees which were in the field, that were within all the confines of its border, were deeded over to Abraham for a possession in the presence of the sons of Heth." (Genesis 23:17), This reflects the standard Hittite real estate procedure of counting the trees involved in any purchase or sale of land. Note also that the witnesses to Abraham's purchase were the "son's of Heth" -i.e. the Hittites.

Today, so many Bible cities, names and events have been unearthed through archaeology that the Bible is considered the single most important historical document in existence. Many lost cities have been located using the Bible as a road map. So startling and impressive are some of the finds that one archaeologist was compelled to say, "They are digging up Bible stories!"

Skeptics once rejected the Bible's claim that the Hittite Empire existed until they saw the evidence with their own eyes. Today, skeptics reject the Bible's claim that God himself exists or that the Bible is a divinely written book. Perhaps the only way they will believe in God is after they have seen him with their own eyes when they stand before Him in the judgment day. Only, then it will be too late!

For many centuries, the Old Testament stood as the lone historical record of numerous events, places and people of the ancient world. Many of these records were once publicly ridiculed by skeptics of the Bible as being inauthentic and incorrect. It was reasoned that since no mention of them had been found in any other historical writing that this proved once and for all that the Bible was incorrect. Recent archeological discoveries, however, have proven the Bible to be correct in great detail and those who opposed it to be false.

If only more would realize that the Bible is not only a guide to the fallen ruins of ancient cities, but also a road map to the glorious city of Heaven! If only more would trust their Bible as being God's inspired message for mankind. Since archaeology has proven the historical trustworthiness of the Bible we had better take note about what the Bible says will happen in the future before it too, becomes a true footnote in history.

"We constantly thank God that when you received from us the word of God's message,
you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God" (1 Thessalonians 2:13).

Museum of Archeology that confirms the Bible is God's inspired word

Date

Focus

Photo

Details

1700 BC

Jabin of Joshua and Deborah was a dynastic name for the king of Hazor.

Two 18th century inscriptions have been found at Mari and Hazor with the name Jabin proving it is a dynastic name for all the kings of Hazor that lasted over 500 years.

1450 BC

Egyptian Conquest maps

Topographical name lists from 4 different Egyptian Pharaohs confirms the route of the exodus in Numbers 33 and Joshua 15.

1350 BC

"Israel" in Egyptian name rings and Steles

Two occurrences of the word "Israel" in the Egyptian name rings of the Berlin Relief (1350 BC) and the "Israel" Merneptah Stele (1205 BC) prove the conquest was 1406 BC! The Merneptah Stele created during the 20 year post-Ehud oppression cycle of Judges 4:1-3

These are the nail in the coffin for the anti-Biblical late exodus date of 1250 BC and Ramesses II as the pharaoh of the exodus.

1304-1237 BC

The Shashu of Yahweh's Land

"The Shashu of Yahweh's Land" is found in two inscription: The Soleb Temple Cartouche of Amenhotep III: 1396-1358 BC and Amarah West inscription of Ramesses II: 1304-1237 BC. Here is a reference to the promised land of Canaan when Joshua was still alive after completing the conquest!

1406 BC

Balaam

An inscription found at Deir Alla, "Balaam Son of Beor, seer of the gods" proves Balaam of Numbers 22-24.

1358-1341 BC

Conquest of Joshua in Egyptian cuneiform tablets

Amarna Tablets are a collection of 382 clay tablets written by the Canaanites to Pharaoh of Egypt, asking him for help in defending themselves from the invading Israelites under Joshua.

 1205 BC

"Israel" in Egyptian name rings and Steles

The word "Israel" is found on the Merneptah Stele (1205 BC) which proves the conquest was 1406 BC by putting a nail in the coffin for the late exodus date of 1250 BC.

931 BC

Jeroboam's Golden Calf Altar

The pagan altar at Tel Dan was originally built by Jonathan, the grandson of Moses in 1340 BC. for 617 years his sons served as dynastic priests until the captivity of 723 BC. Jeroboam set up his golden calf on this altar in 931 BC.

926 BC

Shishak's 187 name rings of conquered cities in Israel.

In 926 BC, Shishak invades Judah and Israel in the 5th year of Rehoboam, king of Judah and Jeroboam, King of Israel. The entire campaign was etched in stone at the Karnak temple of Amun as a second witness to the Bible record.

841 BC

Victory Stele of Hazael and the House of David inscription discovered outside the city gate of Tel Dan.

The Tel Dan Stele lists 8 different kings listed in the Bible and evidences 3-5 different Bible stories that happened around 841 BC.

 

Joshua's Altar:

  1. In a personal discussion with Adam Zertal, he said that this archeological site has made a Bible believer out of him. Amen!
  2. Adam Zertal has undergone a transformation of faith that is truly remarkable. Like most of his fellow Israeli archeologists, he did not believe the Bible stories of the exodus to be true. He told me directly that the most anti-Biblical forces in archeology are the professors in the various Universities in Israel. Many Christians and Jews are surprised that this would be the case. Palestinian Muslims quote these Israeli archeologists in Tel Aviv as proof that the idea of a Jewish homeland that dates back to 1406 BC is a myth. Zertal was one of these Bible trashing archeologists. But that all changed in 1983, three years after Zertal first stumbled on the site while doing a formal archeological survey of the area. After studying the structure for three years with no idea what is was used for, he suddenly realized that it was the site of Joshua's Altar. We agree with him and now he believes the Bible. "They are digging up Bible stories!"
  3. Adam Zertal commented: "We discovered this place, all covered with stones, in April 1980. At that time I never dreamt that we were dealing with the altar, because I was taught in Tel Aviv University - the center of anti-Biblical tendencies, where I learned that Biblical theories are untrue, and that Biblical accounts were written later, and the like. I didn't even know of the story of the Joshua's altar. But we surveyed every meter of the site, and in the course of nine years of excavation, we discovered a very old structure with no parallels to anything we had seen before. It was 9 by 7 meters, and 4 meters high, with two stone ramps, and a kind of veranda, known as the sovev, around."
  4. More on Joshua's Altar.

Tomb of Solomon and David:

  1. Acts 2: "his tomb is with us to this day"
  2. "Fifty of their most important outposts and nine hundred and eighty-five of their most famous villages were razed to the ground. Five hundred and eighty thousand men were slain in the various raids and battles, and the number of those that perished by famine, disease and fire was past finding out. 2 Thus nearly the whole of Judaea was made desolate, a result of which the people had had forewarning before the war. For the tomb of Solomon, which the Jews regard as an object of veneration, fell to pieces of itself and collapsed, and many wolves and hyenas rushed howling into their cities." (Roman History, Cassius Dio, Book 69:14, 229 AD, Translation by Earnest Cary p 425-467)

Tel Dan: Jeroboam's Altar discovered

  1. 1 Kings 12:28-29, "king made two calves of gold"

Inscription: "House of David"

  1. At Tel Dan

Oldest Hebrew Text

  1. Found in burial cave in outskirts of Jerusalem.
  2. Silver Amulet, Deut.6:24-26
  3. 300+ years older than Dead Sea Scrolls

Old Testament verified by Archeology:

Genesis 10:10-12

These cities, the earliest that are mentioned in the Bible were uncovered by archaeologists over a century ago and have been positively identified. So also the ancient Canaanite and Egyptian civilizations are known. Thus the setting for the Genesis narrative, the call of Abraham and his journey of faith has a historical basis to it that cannot be denied.

Numbers 6:22-27

A Silver Scroll dating to 600 B.C. quotes this passage, showing that this Scripture existed before the date admitted by critics.

1 kings 6

An inscription discovered by archaeologists refers to "the House of Yahweh"—i.e. Solomon's Temple at Jerusalem

1 kings 12:19,20

An inscription found at Tel Dan in 1993, refers to "The House of David" and thus shows that David is a real historical character.

1 kings 12:20

A seal bearing the inscription "Shema servant of Jereboam" is but one confirmation of this king's existence in history.

1 kings 12:28-31

Jereboam's "High Place" was discovered at Dan in 1979.

1 kings 14:25,26 & 2 chronicles 12:2-9

Victory relief of Shishak discovered at Karnak in 1799 shows him with prisoners from Palestine.

1 kings 16:23-24 & 1 kings 22:39

The Royal buildings of Omri and Ahab were found by archaeologists in 1933.

2 kings 3:4-5

The black basalt "Moabite Stone" discovered in 1868 describes the battle between Mesha King of Moab and Ahab son of Omri.

2 kings 10:31,32

An Assyrian "Black Obelisk" discovered in 1846 depicts king Jehu

2 kings 10:35

A Hebrew seal found bearing the inscription: "belonging to JEHOAHAZ son of the king"

2 kings 15:29-30; 16:7-9

Cuniform text discovered in approx. 1850 are the records of Tiglath Pilesar and mentions kings Pekah and

2 kings 17:3

An inscription of Shalmanezer 11, known as "the Kurkh Monolith" mentions "Ahab the Israelite"

2 kings 18:13-16; isaiah 36:1

Taylor's Prism, also known as the Sennacherib Prism discovered about 1850 records Sennacherib's invasion of Judah, and mentions king Hezekiah.

2 kings 20:20; 2 chronicles 32:3-4, 30

An inscription discovered in 1880 describes the construction of "Hezekiah's tunnel".

2 kings 24:10, 15, 17

In 1955 a tablet was deciphered which records the captivity of king Jehoiachin and the appointment of Zedekiah.

2 kings 24:10-17; 2 chronicles 36:9-10

A Babylonian tablet describes the capture of Jerusalem by king Nebuchadnezzar.

2 kings 24:17

The "Lachish Letters" discovered in the 1930's mention several Biblical characters, including Mattaniah (Zedekiah).

2 kings 25:27-30

The "Yaukin Tablet" found at Babylon (1932/3) mentions king Jehoiachin and the rations allowed to him.

2 chronicles 32:9

A Relief discovered at Sennacherib's palace in Nineveh (about 1850) depicts the seige of Lachish—a contemporary snapshot of a Bible event!

Ezra 1:1-4

The famous "Cyrus Cylinder"—a clay cylinder of king Cyrus describes the return of captives after the "liberation" of Babylon

Nehemiah 4:1,2

A reference to SANBALLAT, the governor of Jerusalem has been found.

Isaiah 20:1

In about 1850, the records of Sargon were discovered.

Isaiah 30:8

In 1947 the now famous DEAD SEA SCROLLS were discovered in caves. They demonstrate the accuracy and reliability of the Biblical text.

Jeremiah 35:3; 36:10; and 38:1-4

The Lachish Letters also mention GEMARIAH the scribe, JAAZENIAH and speak of a "prophet" who demoralized the people and urged surrender to the Babylonians

Jeremiah 36:4

In 1986 a seal was found dating to 587 B.C. It was inscribed: "Belonging to Baruch the son of Neriah" This is without doubt Jeremiah's scribe.

Jeremiah 36:9-12

Bullae found at Jerusalem (1982/3) bears the inscription "Belonging to Gemariah son of Shaphan"

Jeremiah 43:9-11; 44:13

Excavations in 1881-1891 by Flinders Petrie uncovered the actual pavement mentioned in this Scripture.

Daniel 4:30

Bricks discovered at Babylon (1880) bearing the name Nebuchadnezzar.

Daniel 5:1

Clay Cylinder found at Babylon in 1854 refers to BELSHAZZAR.

Amos 1:1

Evidence of the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah found at Gezer and other locations.

Nahum 3:7, 15

Reliefs found at Nineveh in the 1850's, and which can be viewed in the British Museum are burnt black by the fires of destruction.

Matthew 26:5, 7

The tomb of the Caiaphas family was discovered in Jerusalem in 1990. Scholars believe that the tomb of Caiaphas himself is among them.

Matthew 27:2

Two separate inscriptions have been found mentioning the name of the Roman governor Pontius Pilate.

Mark 1:21

The foundations of Jesus' synagogue at Capernaum were identified in 1983, it lay underneath a later construction built by Jews around the third century.

Luke 21:5

The huge platform upon which the temple was built in the time of Herod is there for all to see in Jerusalem today. Archaeologists have also uncovered amazing evidence of the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, fulfilling the prophecy of Jesus in this chapter.

John 18:38

A small piece of papyrus known as the "John Ryland Fragment" was discovered in 1934. This fragment is the earliest known New Testament document and has demonstrated that it was in curculation by A.D. 100. The words on the fragment are significant. They are from John 18 including the question "What is Truth?".

Acts of the apostles

Many sites where events took place are known to us incl. amphitheatres, roads etc.

By Steve Rudd: Contact the author for comments, input or corrections.

 

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