The following articles are related to the topic of ARCHAEOLOGY

The Uniqueness of the Biblical Creation Record

Dr. George A. Barton served as a professor of Semitic languages at the University of Pennsylvania. At one time he also was director of the American Schools of Oriental Research in Jerusalem. He was recognized as an expert in biblical archaeology. In his massive volume, Archaeology And The Bible, first published in 1916, professor Barton makes the following statement: "[T]here ... read more »

2 Kings 18:13 — Sennacherib’s Invasion

According to the writer of 2 Kings, in the 14th year of Hezekiah's reign at Jerusalem, the Assyrian king, Sennacherib, came up against the fortified cities of Judah and took them. There is archaeological confirmation of this invasion. Sennacherib's records reveal that he initiated this assault in 701 B.C. The Assyrian monarch boasted that he destroyed forty-six Judean cities and ... read more »

Isaiah 20:1 – Isaiah: Right Again!

Isaiah the prophet declared: "In the year that Tartan came unto Ashdod, when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him, and he fought against Ashdod and took it" (20:1). Is this text historically reliable? In the early part of the last century, this passage was a point of controversy among critics of the Bible. Some alleged that there was never ... read more »

Abraham – A Case of Old Testament Accuracy

The science of archaeology has been a rich benefactor to the Bible student. It has occasionally clarified obscure passages, and it has also frequently demonstrated that the biblical record bears the marks of genuine history. After Abraham settled in the hill country of Hebron, and Lot, his nephew, pitched his tent in the vicinity of Sodom, a confederation of Mesopotamian ... read more »

Myth or History: Did Jericho’s Walls Come Down?

For some years now, a battle has raged among biblical scholars over whether the Old Testament record of the conquest of Canaan is accurate. In this article, we examine two cases that have been points of controversy. Jericho Discovered When did Joshua conquer Jericho? Using strict Bible chronology, there seems to be a simple answer. When the building of Solomon's ... read more »

Tora! Tora! . . . Torah!

Some years ago there was a movie that chronicled the Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. The title of the production was, "Tora, Tora, Tora." "Tora" is a Japanese term meaning "tiger." The expression was a code signal back to Tokyo, signifying that the stab-in-the-back mission was complete. That wordplay is not an inappropriate title for this article, ... read more »

A Highly Recommended New Book

Occasionally we are introduced to a new book that we find so particularly compelling that we wish to share it with our readers. One such volume recently has come to our attention. Edited by John Ashton and Michael Westacott, the book is titled, The Big Argument: Does God Exist? (Master Books, First Printing 2006). Actually the volume is an anthology ... read more »

The Acts of the Apostles — from Jerusalem to Rome

Christianity has been the most powerful religious force in the history of Western civilization. Whence its origin? It exploded into existence in Jerusalem twenty centuries ago, and swept across the landscape of antique society like a storm in full fury. By the time of Stephen's death, Jerusalem could boast of 20,000 Christians. As the first century drew to a close, ... read more »

Do the First Two Chapters of Genesis Contradict One Another?

"Can you explain the discrepancy between the first two chapters of Genesis?In chapter two, God decides that Adam still doesn't have a suitable companion, so he then creates woman.This appears to be in contradiction to chapter one, in which man and woman were created together - after the animals and everything else." The "contradiction" exists only if the reader has ... read more »

What About Baptism on the Day of Pentecost?

Two arguments frequently offered by those who accept "sprinkling" as a mode of "baptism," are grounded in Acts 2. The first suggests that the twelve apostles could not have immersed 3,000 people in a single day. The second alleges that there was insufficient water in Jerusalem for the immersion of so many people. But the argument is based upon inaccurate ... read more »