Can you Dig it? Archeology, The Holy Land, & Evidence for the Biblical Text (feat. Amanda Hope Haley)

March 19, 2021 @ 5:00 am

The Bible is an amazing book. It’s actually a collection of 66 books written over a 1600-year period by 40 authors in 3 languages, on 3 continents. Amazingly, these 66 books share a common storyline, a common theme, and a common message. But it was written a long time ago in a world very different from the one we live in now. So how do we know about the world as it was at the time of the Bible?

The biblical text and other written records are the most important pieces of information we have about the history of ancient biblical peoples. But these records alone have left many unanswered questions. That is where archaeology comes in. Excavations of ancient sites across the land of the Bible, Israel, have provided bits and pieces that give us clues to the past and help grasp a better understanding of the world as it was when the Bible was written. We sometimes find that the picture we get in our heads when we read a Biblical passage isn’t entirely as accurate as we thought. And we gain a deeper appreciation and better understanding of the context and background that forms the Biblical text.

Does modern archeological confirm what people find in their Bible? Or does it contradict what we read in the Bible? How can archeology help us become a better student of the Bible?

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