Earliest Fragment of Mark Published

The earliest fragment of the gospel of Mark has been published.  Elijah Hixson, adjunct lecturer at Edinburgh Bible College and a regular contributor to the Evangelical Textual Criticism blog, wrote for Christianity Today on May 30, 2018 that “Egypt Exploration Society has recently published a Greek papyrus” and “that the manuscript was written in the range of A.D.Continue reading “Earliest Fragment of Mark Published”

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 NewContinue 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.Continue reading “Biblical Archaeology: The Prophet Isaiah”

First Century Manuscript, Mummy Masks, Hobby Lobby, The Museum of the Bible, and waiting! [UPDATE: and . . . not first century]

The earliest manuscript (written copy) of the New Testament is the John Ryland fragment, sometimes called P52. Concerning manuscripts, there are no original documents (called “autographs”) of any book of the New Testament.  In order to reproduce what was in the original you have to compare and contrast the varied manuscripts (copies).  The more manuscripts you have theContinue reading “First Century Manuscript, Mummy Masks, Hobby Lobby, The Museum of the Bible, and waiting! [UPDATE: and . . . not first century]”

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 ofContinue reading “Biblical Archaeology: 23 New Testament Figures Confirmed”

Biblical Archaeology: Bethsaida, Birthplace of Jesus’ Apostles

Possible birthplace of three of Jesus’ disciples has been discovered: Bethsaida.  The apostles Peter, Andrew and Philip are mentioned in John 1:44 with the city of Bethsaida.  Here is a quick video of the discovery:   The National Geographic article titled “The Real Story Behind the ‘House of Jesus’ Apostles’ Discovery” states that: The “lost home of Jesus’Continue reading “Biblical Archaeology: Bethsaida, Birthplace of Jesus’ Apostles”

Biblical Archaeology: Tower of Babel

The Tower of Babel is recorded in Genesis 11:1-9.  Critical scholars have traditionally viewed this story as mythical and not historical. There just seemed to not be enough corroborating evidence. But, recently the Smithsonian Channel’s show titled Secrets aired its first episode of season four titled “The Tower of Babel” which seemingly supports the biblical record. TheContinue reading “Biblical Archaeology: Tower of Babel”

Biblical Archaeology: 12th Dead Sea Scroll Cave Found!

A twelfth cave has been found!  Craig Evans, of Houston Baptist University reports its importance: The last Dead Sea Scrolls cave, linked to the ruins on the marl shelf at the mouth of Wadi Qumran, was discovered in 1956, bringing the total number of caves to eleven — eleven caves containing the famous Dead SeaContinue reading “Biblical Archaeology: 12th Dead Sea Scroll Cave Found!”

Biblical Archaeology: 50 [update: 53] People in the Old Testament Confirmed Archaeologically

Bible History Daily has an updated list of 50 [update] 53 people in the bible who have been confirmed archaeologically.  It is not an exhaustive list.  It does not include Caiaphas or Pontius Pilate or anyone from the New Testament because it focuses on the Hebrew Bible.  The list of 50 53 comprises mainly kings, pharaohs, and officials.  It isContinue reading “Biblical Archaeology: 50 [update: 53] People in the Old Testament Confirmed Archaeologically”

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

  Jehu strikes down the prophets of Baal.  “So when they put them to the sword, the guard and the officers cast them out and went into the inner room of the house of Baal and they brought out the pillar that was in the house of Baal and burned it.  And they demolished theContinue reading “Biblical Archaeology: History Has Gone to the Toilets-The Ancient Latrine of Lachish”