Biblical Archaeology: – BREAKING – Newly Discovered Dead Sea Scroll Fragments

Archaeologists have recently discovered new fragments for the Dead Sea Scrolls. The New York Times reports: “Israeli researchers unveiled on Tuesday dozens of newly discovered Dead Sea Scroll fragments containing biblical texts dating back nearly 2,000 years, adding to the body of artifacts that have shed light on the history of Judaism, early Christian life and ancient humankind.” It has been 60 or so years … Continue reading Biblical Archaeology: – BREAKING – Newly Discovered Dead Sea Scroll Fragments

Biblical Archaeology: Kingdom of Edom

“Archaeologists confirm the greatness of the biblical kingdom of Edom” – Over at Evangelical Focus it is reported that copper mines where discovered to indicate a stable kingdom prior to the monarchy of Israel as detailed in the book of Genesis. In chapter 36 of Genesis, the descendants of Esau (Edom) are described as kings who “reigned in Edom before any Israelite king reigned”. Esau, … Continue reading Biblical Archaeology: Kingdom of Edom

Biblical Archaeology: Ziklag

In 1 Samuel 27:5–6 we read about David receiving refuge from King Saul. It reads: Then David said to Achish, “If I have found favor in your eyes, let a place be given me in one of the country towns, that I may dwell there. For why should your servant dwell in the royal city with you?” So that day Achish gave him Ziklag. Therefore Ziklag has belonged … Continue reading Biblical Archaeology: Ziklag

Biblical Archaeology: A Guide to Internet Archaeology

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). 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 … Continue reading Biblical Archaeology: A Guide to Internet Archaeology

Biblical Archaeology: Clay Seal of King Josiah’s aide found

2 Kings 23:11 – “He [Josiah] removed from the entrance to the temple of the LORD the horses that the kings of Judah had dedicated to the sun. They were in the court near the room of an official named Nathan-Melek. Josiah then burned the chariots dedicated to the sun.” (NIV) A clay seal of King Josiah’s aid mentioned in the above passage was found … Continue reading Biblical Archaeology: Clay Seal of King Josiah’s aide found

Biblical Archaeology: Ring of Pontius Pilate Discovered

A ring found 50 years ago has just recently been deciphered to bear the inscription of Pontius Pilate’s name, the Roman prefect of the Roman province of Judaea, serving under Emperor Tiberius from AD 26/27 to 36/37 during the time of Jesus. The ring was found amongst thousands of other artifacts in 1968-69 excavations at Herod’s burial tomb and palace at Herodium. The current director of the … Continue reading Biblical Archaeology: Ring of Pontius Pilate Discovered

Biblical Archaeology: Caiaphas Ossuary

Caiaphas the high priest mentioned in Mark 14:53-65.  In verses 61-64 we read about this famous exchange between Jesus and the High Priest Caiaphas: 61 But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” 62 And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” 63 And … Continue reading Biblical Archaeology: Caiaphas Ossuary

Biblical Archaeology: New ESV Archaeology Study Bible

A great apologetical resource will be made available by Crossway Publishers. They are about to release their new ESV Archaeology Study Bible in April 30, 2018.  Dr. John D. Currid, the Carl W. McMurray Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, is the Old Testament editor, while Dr. David Chapman (PhD, Cambridge) is the New Testament editor. Some of the features include: Double-column, paragraph format … Continue reading Biblical Archaeology: New ESV Archaeology Study Bible

Biblical Archaeology: The Prophet Isaiah

A clay seal stamped with the prophet Isaiah’s name was found recently.  This seal, that would be impressed upon scrolls, is over 2,700 years old and was found next to the other much reported clay seal (or bulla) for Hezekiah.  It would be the first extra-Biblical evidence of the prophet Isaiah. In a statement Dr. Eilat Mazar of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem said that, … Continue reading Biblical Archaeology: The Prophet Isaiah

Biblical Archaeology: 23 New Testament Figures Confirmed

I posted earlier how archaeology has confirmed over 50 real people from the bible.  It was one of the most popular articles published by Biblical Archaeology Review by Lawrence Mykytiuk, associate professor of library science and the history librarian at Purdue University holding a Ph.D. in Hebrew and Semitic Studies and is the author of the book Identifying Biblical Persons in Northwest Semitic Inscriptions of 1200–539 … Continue reading Biblical Archaeology: 23 New Testament Figures Confirmed