Nat Geo on Biblical Manuscripts

The December cover story for National Geographics is on biblical manuscripts and  features comments from Dr. Wallace, the director of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM). CSNTM, founded in 2002 by Dr. Wallace, utilize emerging technologies to preserve and study Greek New Testament manuscripts by digitally photographing existing manuscripts. National Geographics article… Continue reading Nat Geo on Biblical Manuscripts

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… Continue reading Biblical Archaeology: Ring of Pontius Pilate Discovered

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… Continue reading Biblical Archaeology: 23 New Testament Figures Confirmed

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. The… Continue 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 Sea… Continue 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 is… 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… 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… 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… Continue reading Biblical Archaeology: City of Gezer

Biblical Archaeology: Philistine Cemetery

Possibly the first Philistine cemetery has been discovered at Ashkelon, Israel.  They have been excavating this known Philistine city for decades, but have just recently uncovered a burial site which could answer many questions concerning the origins and life of the Philistines, the biblical archenemy of the Israelites.  Ashkelon, was a major Philistine city in… Continue reading Biblical Archaeology: Philistine Cemetery