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: 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: 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 is a nice list of names which also includes who they … Continue 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 the pillar of Baal, and demolished the house of Baal, and … Continue reading Biblical Archaeology: History Has Gone to the Toilets-The Ancient Latrine of Lachish

Biblical Archaeology: “Virtual” Unwrapping of Levitical Scroll

One of the earliest manuscripts of the Old Testament was revealed by researchers at the University of Kentucky.  This scroll, which contains portions of the book of Leviticus, was discovered in 1970, but was unreadable because it suffered from fire damage 1,500 years ago.  Modern technology made it possible to scan and “virtually” unwrap it without actually touching it and destroying it in its fragile … Continue reading Biblical Archaeology: “Virtual” Unwrapping of Levitical Scroll

Biblical Archaeology: City of Gezer

A palace has been discovered at the biblical city of Gezer that dates to the 10th century BC, the era usually associated with King Solomon.  Gezer has been excavated off and on since the 1990s, but this past season of archaeological efforts has produced evidence of a Philistine presence in the city as recorded in the Old Testament. In the Haaretz (Israel’s oldest daily newspaper), … Continue reading Biblical Archaeology: City of Gezer