Archaeological discoveries verify the
historical reliability of the Old and New
When compared to other religious books, the Bible is
unique in that it is the oldest, as testified by the places, people, titles, and
events mentioned in the Bible; and the language and literary formats used
to compose the Bible.
Many scholars today question the validity of Biblical accounts,
supposedly based on the findings of archaeology.
When the “discrepancies” are examined in detail, however it is found that
the problems lie with the archaeology
(i.e. misinterpretation of evidence, lack of evidence, or poor
scholarship) and not with the Bible.
How can archaeology prove helpful to someone seeking for
truth to the basic questions about life?
The discoveries of archaeology can be helpful in removing doubts that a
person might have about the historical trustworthiness of the Bible. The
described, as well as the spiritual message, must be accepted on faith, which
is the basis of our relationship with God. When the truth of Scripture is
challenged by skeptics, archaeology can be used to demonstrate that the people, places, and
events of the Bible are real.
Any one discovery can be explained away as coincidence, or an
alternative interpretation can be given to disassociate it from the Bible.
It is the weight of a myriad of discoveries that demonstrates the Bible to
be the Word of God.
These discoveries fall into three categories:
evidence demonstrates the historical and cultural accuracy of the
The Bible's message of a loving Creator
God who interacts in the affairs of mankind and has provided a means
stands in sharp contrast to the pagan fertility religions of the ancient
world as, revealed by archaeology.
Archaeological findings demonstrate that the Biblical prophets
accurately predicted events hundreds of years before they
occurred—something that lies beyond the capability of mere
Evidence and further information on this
Author: Bryant G. Wood, Ph.D. of Associates for Biblical
Research, as quoted in Areopagus
Proclamation, Vol. 13, No. 4, January 2003.
Bryant G. Wood, Ph.D., is Director of Associates for Biblical
Research and editor of Bible & Spade journal. He is adjunct
professor at a number of educational institutions. He presently continues
extensive archaeological field work. He and his wife Faith live in
Harrisburg, PA. Dr. Wood has served as an AIIA Resource Associate since
March of 1997.
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