Archaeology Proves the Bible Record

by Paul A. Hughes

uzziah inscriptionThe world today is deluged by opinions. Opinions that sound good become accepted as truth.  Opinions that are widespread and widely accepted come to be considered incontrovertible, conventional wisdom.

One such opinion that is tossed around today and widely accepted is that the Bible is rife with historical error.  Many so-called scholars have promoted this idea with enthusiasm.  One must realize that these “scholars” have their own agendas:  religious, anti-religious, anti-supernatural, anti-Christian, anti-Jewish, or very often political.  One does not go around “disproving” the Bible without a reason.

As a trained interpreter of the Bible and a student of Biblical archaeology, I have never found a fact in the Bible, historical or otherwise, that has been truly disproved.  Some events, like Creation, will likely never be proved to everyone’s satisfaction.  That is okay, since God never intended people to believe in him because of “proof,” but by a first-hand encounter with him through faith.

But a multitude of Biblical facts have been proved beyond reasonable doubt. It has been the habit of many Bible scholars to disbelieve anything that has not been proved three times over.  Many still maintain that the bulk of facts in the Bible were simply made up. Again and again, archaeology proves them wrong, and the Bible right.

The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 13, 18, 19) was long considered a myth.  No one could have inhabited the arid land south of the Dead Sea, they said.  But archaeologist Nelson Glueck, believing the Bible, undertook a survey of the region in the years of 1933-46.  He found many such sites of habitation, abandoned or destroyed in antiquity.

Kathleen Kenyon, the foremost excavator of Jericho (1952-58), reported finding no evidence of the miraculous flattening of its walls as recorded in Joshua 2-6.  Scholars have long considered her opinion conclusive.  I have visited the mound (“tell”) of Jericho, however.  Only isolated portions have been unearthed — but broad conclusions were nevertheless drawn by Kenyon. More recently, archaeologist Bryant Wood examined Kenyon’s own evidence, and found her findings to confirm the Biblical record…

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