Biblical Archaeology: A Guide to Internet Archaeology

Posted: May 1, 2019 in Apologetics, archaeology
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Have you ever come across (or been sent a link via email or facebook) about a giant skeleton discovery that confirms the size of Goliath? I have. Many times.  They have all been internet hoaxes (like the picture below).

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Over at Epic Archaeology Ted Wright has written an excellent article titled “A Quick Guide to Internet Archaeology” in which he provides some principles “and a plea to Christians to be more cautious and use critical thinking skills when it comes to posting internet articles on archaeological discoveries as they relate to the Bible. Not all archaeological discoveries are equal in terms of weight and evidence.”

He recommends five principles before clicking and sharing a post about an archaeological discovery as it relates to the bible.

  1. Primary and Secondary Archaeological Reporting – Pay attention to who is reporting the excavation.
  2. Avoid Sensationalism – Double check the facts and not be taken in just because it supports one’s preconceived ideas.
  3. Know How Archaeology Works – Do some background reading so you know how archaeology is done; what it can do and not do.
  4. Theological Commitments – Everyone has a theological commitment (or a-theological), so vet the sources, and understand how that commitment colors the excavation.
  5. The Questions of Apologetics – Archaeology has been a powerful ally of the bible, but there are limitations.

It is definitely worth the read given the proliferation of memes, posts, shares, and tweets that are inundating us today concerning biblical archaeology.

He also provides some helpful internet resources on biblical archaeology.  An abbreviated list:

Christian Sources:

Associates for Biblical Research

Epic Archaeology

Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts

Non-Christian Sources:

Israel Antiquities Authority

Heritage Daily 

Biblical Archaeology Society  

Some other suggestions I would add include:

  • Fact check it at some fact checking websites like snopes.com or truthorfiction.com. While not everything is correct at snopes (and they have a theological commitment as well), it is a good place to start to determine if it is an outright hoax.
  • Get the ESV Archaeology Study Bible or the NIV Archaeology Study Bible to see what archaeological insights and confirmational discoveries relate to scripture.
  • Subscribe to the Biblical Archaeological Review, a bi-monthly journal to keep up to date with some of the discoveries.

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Post about other biblical archaeological discoveries from this blog include:

Clay Seal of King Josiah’s Aide Found

Ring of Pontius Pilate Discovered

Caiaphas Ossuary

The Prophet Isaiah

23 New Testament Figures Confirmed

History Has Gone to the Toilets-The Ancient Latrine of Lachish

Virtual Unwrapping of Levitical Scroll

City of Geza

Philistine Cemetery

Ancient Shopping List Provides Evidence of When Bible Was Written

Hezekiah Bulla

12th Dead Sea Scroll Cave Found!

Bethsaida

53 People in the Old Testament Confirmed Archaeologically

New ESV Archaeology Study Bible

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