ARCHAEOLOGY AND THE BIBLE

Although it is not possible to verify every incident in the Bible, the discoveries of archaeology since the mid-1800s have demonstrated the reliability and plausibility of the Bible narrative.

The following articles are taken from two major sources:

1) The Israel Antiquities Authority, (IAA) is the leading professional body in the study of the archaeology of Israel

2) The Biblical Archaeology Society, (BAS), publishes the Biblical Archaeology Review, and carries articles by respected scholars on current archaeological finds and topics.

JERUSALEM


LIFE OF JESUS

  • Canal where Jesus gave sight found (04 Dec 24)

Workers repairing a sewage pipe in the Old City of Jerusalem have discovered the biblical Pool of Siloam, a freshwater reservoir that was a major gathering place for ancient Jews making religious pilgrimages to the city and the reputed site where Jesus cured a man blind from birth, according to the Gospel of John.  Check out the two articles.

http://www.cbac.org/documents/Siloamnewexcavations.pdf http://www.bibleplaces.com/poolofsiloam.htm

  • The “Jesus Boat”

According to Carbon 14 dating, the so-called “Jesus Boat” was constructed in about 40 BC and was in use in the 1st century AD. During this period, the lakeside communities witnessed the ministry of Jesus and the unrest of the Jews under Roman control. Read the story of this amazing discovery

GALILEE


DEAD SEA SCROLLS


MISCELLANEOUS

  • Herod’s Tomb and Grave Found at Herodium 07 May 08 http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/856808.html

  • One of the most important finds of early Christianity (05 Nov 6)

Israeli archaeologists unearthed what they believe is the oldest church discovered in the Holy Land. The church dated from the third century, decades before Constantine legalized Christianity across the Byzantine Empire. Early Christian church unearthed near Megiddo http://www.cbac.org/documents/EarlyChristianchurchunearthednearMegiddo.pdf


HOLIDAYS

  • Purim (IAA) (Book of Esther)