The following articles are related to the topic of ARCHAEOLOGY

A Study of Samson: Faith and Folly

The eleventh chapter of the book of Hebrews has often been called the biblical "Hall of Fame," or "Hall of Faith." The stories of those Old Testament heroes that adorn this section of scripture have thrilled our hearts since we were children. When one sees names such as Abraham, Joseph, and Moses, he does not wonder at their appearance. On ... read more »

Have You Considered The Consequences Of Sin?

The theme of "sin" dominates the Bible. There are at least eight different terms in the Hebrew Old Testament reflecting some aspect of sin, e.g., "bad," "wickedness," "iniquity," etc. Some thirteen different words in the New Testament similarly depict various shades of sin, e.g., "evil," "unrighteousness," "transgression," etc. (cf. Pfeiffer, 2003, 1594-95). Sin has left a deadly legacy upon our ... read more »

Dinosaurs and the Bible

Was there ever a time when men and dinosaurs roamed the earth at the same time? Those who subscribe to the theory of evolution unequivocally answer, "No!" The standard evolutionary propaganda line is this: "Dinosaurs became extinct about seventy million years before man evolved." Unfortunately, many professing Christians have capitulated to this viewpoint. One writer has declared: If dinosaurs existed ... read more »

Does the Bible Refer to UFOs?

Could you explain the reference in the book of Ezekiel chapter one about the "wheel within a wheel"? Some say that this is an allusion to ancient visitors to the Earth in "flying saucers." In recent times a few radical sensationalists have contended that centuries ago Earth was visited by space beings from distant planets. It has been alleged that ... read more »

The Rescue of Christ — So-Called

Solomon once declared that "of the making of many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh" (Eccl. 12:12). Truly, books roll from the presses by the millions - year after year. Not infrequently books reveal that they have been buttressed by "much study" which generates a "weariness of the flesh." Some of them ... read more »

Fortifying the Faith of Our Children

"My son was raised in the church. We taught him the Bible. As a youngster he sometimes helped to serve the Lord's supper. He even gave talks occasionally. After he was in college a while, something changed. He began to question the teaching of the Scriptures. Now, he professes no faith at all. What happened?" This is a story that ... read more »

Baptism: Essentials and Nonessentials

There are some very important issues associated with New Testament baptism, and the person who wants to obey God must not neglect these essentials. At the same time, some matters associated with the sacred obligation are in the realm of expediency, hence allow for some flexibility. In this brief study, let us reflect on these categories. Essentials Consider the following ... read more »

The Marks of Jesus

On his first missionary journey (ca. A.D. 46-48), Paul and his friend, Barnabas, established several churches in the Roman province of Galatia. Largely due to the archaeological work of Sir William Ramsay, this region is believed to have been situated in southern Asia Minor. It likely involved the churches in Antioch (Pisidia), Iconium, Lystra, and Derbe (Acts 13:14-14:26). Perhaps a ... read more »

The Code of Hammurabi

In the winter of 1901-02, a French archaeological team, under the direction of M. J. de Morgan, discovered at ancient Susa (cf. Shushan - Esth. 1:2) in southwest Persia, a black stone stele (some 7 ft. tall). On it was the "Code of Hammurabi." The monument, which had been captured by the Persians, contained 282 laws reflecting the Babylonian judicial ... read more »

Destructive Criticism and the Old Testament

Dr. Richard E. Friedman, a professor of Hebrew and comparative literature at the University of California (San Diego), has attracted considerable publicity in recent years with his radical claim that Baruch, Jeremiah's scribe (Jeremiah 36:4), authored much of the Old Testament. Friedman's book, Who Wrote the Bible?, argues-on the basis of language analysis, structure, and the style of the book ... read more »