Sifting Fact from Fiction in Biblical Archaeology
Whether it’s tall tales of daring quests and creepy tombs or documentaries of high-profile discoveries, archaeology continues to hold a fascination for many. Biblical archaeology is particularly stirring for Christians who feel the pressure to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, Scripture’s veracity. It may be tempting to use every discovery announced in the media as support for the Bible.
But a little healthy skepticism can keep believers from falling and disseminating for misleading claims. In this month’s Reasons newsletter, theologian and RTB staffer Krista Bontrager offers tips for sifting genuine archaeological discoveries from tabloid fodder. Here’s a recap.
- How was the research conducted and documented?
- What are the credentials of the scientist(s) in charge of the dig?
- Have other scholars verified the research results?
Do a little research:
- If the claim sounds too good to be true, look for further validation from responsible sources before touting the discovery as evidence of biblical truth.
- Find out which journals, if any, have published the research related to the discovery.
- Check out respected websites like Biblical Archaeology Review and Bible Places to see what they say about the find.
Fortunately, there are plenty of legitimate discoveries out there to support Scripture without resorting to wild claims…
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