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Biblical archaeology is an important creation science discipline that substantiates the Bible as a valid historical document, and the Biblical chronology as accurate time-line. Each year new discoveries are made, and creationists are encouraged to keep themselves informed of progress in this field.
Dead Sea Scrolls
- Main Article: Dead Sea Scrolls
The finding of the Dead Sea Scrolls is considered by many to be the most important archaeological find of the last century. Besides confirming the reliability of the Old Testament and its prophecies as untainted by later church leaders, they have also allowed us a glimpse into the era Jesus was born into, and the society that existed at the beginnings of Christianity.
Temple of Jerusalem
- Main Article: Temple of Jerusalem
Not until the time of King Solomon did God permit the construction of a permanent building to be his temple. The first temple was built in Jerusalem in the 10th or 11th century BC by King Solomon. The site was the one purchased for the purpose by King David, the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite, on which he built an altar to the Lord. King David’s Altar, Solomon’s Temple, and Herod’s Temple all stood in the same location.
- Main Article: Jericho
In the 1950's, archaeologist Kathleen Kenyon supervised the excavation of the ruins of the once great city. Her lack of faith in the Biblical account of Jericho was evident in her statement that she believed the 'folk tale' of Joshua's encounter with the city was merely fabricated after the destruction. However, later digs have prompted other archaeologists to come to a bold conclusion: the walls really did fall as told in Joshua 6 .
- Main Article: James Ossuary
A 2,000-year-old box was discovered in October of 2002 that might be the ossuary (“Bone Box”) of James, the brother of Jesus. On the side of the bone box is inscribed in Aramaic: “Ya'akov bar Yosef akhui di Yeshua”, which is translated “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus”. As the inscription was the first historic record found of Jesus apart from manuscripts, its authentication could prove to be the most significant New Testament find in modern times.
Synagogue and House of Peter
- Main Article: Capernaum
Capernum was a village inhabited from approximately 150 BC to 1100 AD. The ancient ruins of Capernaum have been thoroughly investigated by archaeologists revealing, most notably, an ancient Jewish synagogue and Christian church located at the site of the house of Simon Peter. Although tradition held that the ruins of Capernaum were there on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee, it wasn't until 1838 that remains of a synagogue were correctly identified.
King David's Palace
Archaeologist Eilat Mazar has found strong evidence that the foundations of a structure in old Jerusalem, confirmed to date to the 10th-9th centuries B.C., are very likely the remains of the palace of King David. Furthermore, the remains match perfectly with the geographic and architectural description of the palace given in the Bible.
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An archaeologist is a person who studies the past using scientific methods with the goal of recording, interpreting, and preserving knowledge of ancient and contemporary cultures. The following is a list of archaeologists whose work has played an integral role in Biblical apologetics.
- William F. Albright
- Millar Burrows
- David Down
- John Garstang
- Sir William Ramsey
- Edwin Thiele
- Clifford Wilson
- Bryant Wood
- Ron Wyatt
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Biblical Archaeology News
- New test dates Shroud of Turin to era of Christ New examination dates the shroud to between 300 BC and 400 AD, which would put it in the era of Christ. USA Today. March 30, 2013.
- Shroud of Turin to be Broadcast Live Shown on television for the first time in 40 years on Easter Saturday. Discovery News. March 30, 2013.
- Samson Mosaic Discovered in Ancient Synagogue in Huqoq, Israel A colorful mosaic depicting the Biblical Samson has been discovered in Israel dating about 350-450 B.C. MSNBC/LiveScience, July 5, 2012.
- Bethlehem existed centuries pre-Jesus, archaeologists say archaeologists discovered the first physical evidence supporting Old Testament accounts of Bethlehem’s existence. The Vancouver Sun, May 23, 2012.
- Breaking News—Evidence of Cultic Activity in Judah Discovered at Khirbet Qeiyafa Discoveries at Khirbet Qaiyafa dating 1020-980 B.C. reveal no eating of pork or idol worship at site mentioned in Bible for King David; called evidence for King David's rule. BiblicalArchaeology.org, May 9, 2012.
- Khirbet Qeiyafa Identified as Biblical 'Neta'im' William F. Albright proposes name of Khirbet Qaiyafa is identical to 'Neta'im mentioned in 1 Chronicles 4:23 - pottery shard recently discovered dating 1,000 years ago. ScienceDaily, March 12, 2012.
- Vatican archaeologists unearth St. Paul's tomb International Herald Tribune
- Archaeology and the Old Testament by Patrick Zukeran
- The Archaeological Evidence for the Bible is Non-Existent! A reply from James F. Williams
- Is the Bible accurate concerning the destruction of the walls of Jericho? by Christian Answers Network
- Is there any evidence for the Biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah's destruction by fire and brimstone (sulfur)? by Christian Answers Network
- Dating in Archaeology: Challenges to Biblical Credibility by Garry K. Brantley, M.A., M.Div.
- Bible and Spade Magazine Published by Associates for Biblical Research
- Biblical Archaeology Class PowerPoint Presentations by Great Commission
- Archeological sites in Israel Wikimedia Commons
- Nehemiah’s Wall Found by Creation-Evolution Headlines
- Top Ten New Testament Archaeological Finds of the Past 150 Years by Ben Witherington III. Christianity Today, September 2003.