A Case for the Bible 101: How does Archaeology support the reliability of the New Testament?

by Teri Dugan

Last week we looked at evidence for the reliability of the Old Testament through archaeological discoveries. To date there have been over 25,000 finds that support the Biblical record, and no valid archaeological find has ever disproven a Biblical account. Archaeology is important in Biblical studies because it uncovers physical evidence from dig sites that help confirm ancient cities, fortresses, and artifacts like coinage, pottery and sculptures that directly or indirectly give support to both Old and New Testament accounts along with an understanding of the culture at the time.

The exciting part of archaeology is that so much of what is uncovered from the first century, where Jesus walked and taught, is being preserved for us to see today! In many cases new cities were built right on top of the previous ones that had been conquered or destroyed. Archaeologists can go in and uncover, in a painstakingly slow process, the ruins of these early cultures and this is what tourists get to see today in places like Jerusalem, Rome, and many other modern day locations. We can trace Jesus’ footsteps on the “Via Dolorosa” or walk where Paul did on “Straight Street” in Damascus.

This what we find in the Bible: Real people in real places, anchored in real events that have real history, not mythology.

“As a matter of fact, however, it may be stated categorically that no archaeological discovery has ever controverted a biblical reference. Scores of archaeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline or exact detail historical statements in the Bible” 

– Nelson Glueck, Archaeologist, “Rivers in the Desert”

Even secular news has reported:

“In extraordinary ways, modern archaeology has affirmed the historical core of the Old and New Testaments—corroborating key portions of the stories of Israel’s patriarchs, the Exodus, the Davidic monarchy, and the life and times of Jesus.”

– Jeffery Sheler, “Is the Bible True,” US News & World Report…
A Case for the Bible 101: How does Archaeology support the reliability of the New Testament?