Have any man-made structures mentioned in the
Bible been unearthed by archaeologists?





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Yes, quite a number of Biblical structures have been excavated. Some of the most interesting are the following:



The base of the Tower of Babel in Babylon where language was confused (Genesis 11:1-9).



The theater at Ephesus, Turkey.
Old Testament
New Testament

  • The palace at Jericho where Eglon, king of Moab, was assassinated by Ehud (Judges 3:15-30).

  • The east gate of Shechem where Gaal and Zebul watched the forces of Abimelech approach the city (Judges 9:34-38).

  • The Temple of Baal/El-Berith in Shechem, where funds were obtained to finance Abimelech's kingship and where the citizens of Shechem took refuge when Abimelech attacked the city (Judges 9:4, 46-49).

  • The pool of Gibeon where the forces of David and Ishbosheth fought during the struggle for the kingship of Israel (2 Samuel 2:12-32).

  • The Pool of Heshbon, likened to the eyes of the Shulammite woman (Song of Songs 7:4).

  • The royal palace at Samaria where the kings of Israel lived (1 Kings 20:43; 21:1, 2; 22:39; 2 Kings 1:2; 15:25).

  • The Pool of Samaria where King Ahab's chariot was washed after his death (1 Kings 22:29-38).

  • The water tunnel beneath Jerusalem dug by King Hezekiah to provide water during the Assyrian siege (2 Kings 20:20; 2 Chronicles 32:30).

  • The royal palace in Babylon where King Belshazzar held the feast and Daniel interpreted the handwriting on the wall (Daniel 5).

  • The royal palace in Susa where Esther was queen of the Persian king Xerxes (Esther 1:2; 2:3, 5, 9, 16).

  • The royal gate at Susa where Mordecai, Esther's cousin, sat (Esther 2:19, 21; 3:2, 3; 4:2; 5:9, 13; 6:10, 12).

  • The Square in front of the royal gate at Susa where Mordecai met with Halthach, Xerxes' eunuch (Esther 4:6).

  • The foundation of the synagogue at Capernaum where Jesus cured a man with an unclean spirit (Mark 1:21-28) and delivered the sermon on the bread of life (John 6:25-59).

  • The house of Peter at Capernaum where Jesus healed Peter's mother-in-law and others (Matthew 8:14-16).

  • Jacob's well where Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman (John 4).

  • The Pool of Bethesda in Jerusalem, where Jesus healed a crippled man (John 5:1-14).

  • The Pool of Siloam in Jerusalem, where Jesus healed a blind man (John 9:1-4).

  • The tribunal at Corinth where Paul was tried (Acts 18:12-17).

  • The theater at Ephesus where the riot of silversmiths occurred (Acts 19:29). - See picture at top

  • Herod's palace at Caesarea where Paul was kept under guard (Acts 23:33-35).

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    Author: Bryant Wood of Associates for Biblical Research

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