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Israeli says he has found King David's citadel

May 6, 2014 - Eli Shukron, an Israeli archaeologist who has been excavating in Jerusalem since 1995 in the area believed to be the old city of David, has uncovered a massive fortification of five-ton stones stacked 21 feet wide and pottery shards that helped determine that the site is 3,800 years old.
They are the largest walls found in the region from before the time of King Herod... [They] surrounded a water spring and is thought to have protected the ancient city's water source.
An earlier archaeological discovery in northern Israel referred to the "House of David."
Source: Yahoo




Biblical Archaeology's Top Ten Discoveries of 2013

Jan. 2, 2014 - This article gives an unofficial list of the 10 most significant archaeological discoveries of 2013 in Israel. They are:
1. The Egyptian Scarab of Khirbet el-Maqatir
2. Jezreel Winepress
3. The Wine Cellar of Tel Kabri
4. Royal Public Buildings at Khirbet Qeiyafa
5. The Sphinx of Hazor
6. Gold Hoard Found Near the Temple Mount
7. Roman Legion Base in Galilee
8. Mt. Zion Priestly Mansion
9. An Extra Destruction Level at Gezer
10. Stone pyramid under the Sea of Galilee
Source: Christianity Today

What archaeology tells us about the Bible

Oct. 14, 2013 - During the past 20 years, excavations near the Valley of Elah, where David fought Goliath, have validated the fact that David and the Israelites were, indeed, a mighty force in the region. Yosef Garfinkel, the co-director of the dig, says their findings have tilted the evidence against skeptics who thought the stories of David and Solomon were exaggerated or invented. He says that their work demonstrates that there was a regional government there in David's time -
— with fortified cities, central taxation, international trade, and distinct religious traditions in the Judean hills. He says it refutes the portrayal by other scholars of an agrarian society in which David was nothing more than a "Bedouin sheikh in a tent."
Source: Christa Case Bryant - Jerusalem World Review

Was Jesus here? Biblical-era town discovered along Sea of Galilee

Sept. 17, 2013 - A team of archaeologists, led by Ken Dark of the University of Reading in the U.K., has discovered remains of a town on the shores of the Sea of Galilee that is thought to be Dalmanutha. According to the Gospel of Mark, Jesus sailed to this town after the miraculous feeding of the 4,000.
The archaeologists also determined that a famous boat, dating to around 2,000 years ago, and uncovered in 1986, was found on the shoreline of the newly discovered town.
Source: NBC
Biblical-Era Town Discovered Along Sea of Galilee - Live Science

Massive submerged structure stumps Israeli archaeologists

May 23, 2013 - Archaeologists in Israel are eager to determine what the large stone structure is that was recently discovered in the Sea of Galilee. They have no idea what it was or how it was used.
t's thousands of years old -- a conical, manmade behemoth weighing hundreds of tons, practically begging to be explored.
They are hoping to raise funds to allow the proper exploration of the object.
Source: Fox

Did ancient beams discarded in Old City come from first and second temples?

May 22, 2013 - Old and decaying beams that were recently removed from the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount could shed light on the construction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. Some of them are nearly 3000 years old, and were undoubtedly reused by builders when the Al-Aqsa Mosque was built in the late 600's.
But though there are signs of renewed interest in them — including an article this month in Biblical Archaeology Review, a US publication — the several hundred existing beams have never been subjected to a comprehensive academic study.
Source: Times of Israel

Israeli archaeologists uncover 3,000-year-old cistern in Jerusalem

Sept. 6, 2012 - Excavation of a water channel that has been going on for some time has led to the discovery of a large public water cistern, dating back to the period of the First Temple. Dr. Tvika Tsuk, chief archaeologist of the Nature and Parks Authority explained how the cistern was probably used 3000 years ago.
“Presumably the large water reservoir, which is situated near the Temple Mount, was used for the everyday activities of the Temple Mount itself and also by the pilgrims who went up to the Temple and required water for bathing and drinking”.
Source: Haaretz

Archaeologists Uncover Proof of Pre-Jesus Bethlehem

May 27, 2012 - The Israel Antiquities Authority has announced the discovery of an inscription found from the First Temple period that proves that Bethlehem existed at that time, and perhaps earlier.
Archaeologists have discovered a bulla – or piece of clay used to seal documents and other objects – that is only about half of an inch across and has the word "Bethlehem" written on it in ancient Hebrew.
Source: Christian Post

Archaeologists unearth hidden gems in Tel Megiddo

May 23, 2012 -
Archaeologists from Tel Aviv University on Monday unveiled one of the largest ancient finds discovered in Israel dating back to biblical times: The items found in a clay crock discovered at a dig in Tel Megiddo are said to be 3,100 years old.
The crock was unearthed in 2010 but only recently opened and analyzed. The contents date back to the Iron Age (1200-550 B.C.E.). At that time the site was inhabited by a Canaanite tribe, and influenced by Egyptian culture.
Source: Israel Hayom

Jeremiah, Prophet of the Bible, Brought Back to Life
Clay bullae from the City of David, Jerusalem, provide new evidence for Biblical figures

Mar. 22, 2012 - Ongoing excavations by Eilat Mazar in Jerusalem's City of David have uncovered two seals that verify the existence of two government ministers in King Zedekiah' court. The two men, who are mentioned together in Jeremiah 38:1–13 are Gedaliah son of Pashur and Jehucal son of Shelemiah.
Source: Bible History Daily

Archaeologist: Ancient Wall Confirms Biblical Story

Feb. 23, 2010 - Archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar said that the discovery of an ancient wall in east Jerusalem is the "first time that we have a city gate and fortification line from the time of King Solomon." Pottery shards found at the site indicate that the walls were built in the 10th century B.C. The find confirms the biblical accounts of David and Solomon.
Source: CBN

Film 'proving Bible true' getting major expansion

Feb. 11, 2010 - Bible-believers have been anxiously waiting for the release of a film that promises to make a strong positive impression on viewers that the Bible is true. It could potentially verify the historical accuracy of much of the Bible.
With a new working title of "The Exodus Conspiracy," the movie was initially targeted for release in the spring of 2007. But, despite about 10 years of work, the producers have not launched it yet because the scope of the project has increased dramatically.
The film begins in time of Abraham and ends with today's news direct from the Middle East and appearances by Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It is endorsed by Jerry Jenkins, co-author of the "Left Behind" series, Chuck Colson, and others. The date for the release of the movie has not yet been announced.
Source: WorldNetDaily
The Exodus Conspiracy

Archaeological findings unveil 1,500-year-old Jerusalem road

Feb. 10, 2010 - Archaeologists have had an ancient map of Jerusalem but were unable to excavate the area because it was at the crossroads of the present old city of Jerusalem.
The Madaba map, which is made of ancient mosaic, was found in a Jordanian church in Madaba, and depicts the land of Israel during the Byzantine period. The Madaba map is the oldest surviving depiction of Jerusalem dating back to the 6th-7th centuries CE.
The map shows an entrance to Jerusalem from the west and a single, central thoroughfare on that side of the city. Recent excavations carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority about four and half meters below ground have revealed the meter-long stone blocks that once paved the ancient road.
Source: Haaretz

Archaeology and the struggle for Jerusalem

Feb. 5, 2010 - Archaeological excavations in the old City of David, may be the site of King David's palace. Unfortunately the work is mired in politics between Israelis and Palestinians.
Jerusalem is said to be the most fought-over city in the world. Different nations and cultures have battled to dominate it for thousands of years. Israelis and Palestinians will tell you the struggle is still very much alive today.
Source: BBC
Unique biblical discovery at City of David excavation site - Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Deciphered etching sheds new light on Bible's origin

Jan. 8, 2010 - An inscription discovered about 18 months ago in a dig at Khirbet Qeiyafa shows that written Hebrew existed at least as early at the 10th century B.C.E., during the time of King David. The inscription is written in ink on clay.
While it was quickly dated, its language remained uncertain until Prof. Gershon Galil was able to demonstrate that it was an early form of Hebrew - containing roots commonly found in Hebrew, but which are very rare in other Semitic languages.
This discovery pushes back the posibility of the Bible's writing four centuries earlier than some scholars had believed.
Source: Haaretz
Inscription indicates Kingdom of Israel existed in the 10th century BCE - Jerusalem Post

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Questions And Links For Archaeology

These are some of the questions that are asked about this topic. Search the links section to find helpful teaching and resources from Christian apologists.




Archaeology Links


4Truth.net: A Reasoned Defense of Christianity
Southern Baptist – North American Mission Board

ABOUT APOLOGETICS - This List of Apologetics sites from Apologetics Central

Access Research Network
A non-profit organization dedicated to providing accessible information on science, technology and society, especially on controversial topics as genetic engineering, euthanasia, computer technology, environmental issues, creation/evolution, fetal tissue research, and AIDS.
Michael J. Behe
Phillip E. Johnson
William A. Dembski
Steven Meyers

Abanes.com
Home site for Richard Abanes, Writer and Journalist

Answers In Genesis
Extensive website reflecting the teaching and ministries of founder Ken Ham. Information is available about their "Creation Museum" in Cincinnati and Answers Magazine.

Apologetics Study Bible

Athiest Central*
Ray Comfort's blog

The Bereans Apologetics Research Ministry*

Catholic Encyclopedia: Apologetics

ChristianAnswers.Net
A mega-site providing biblical answers to contemporary questions for all ages and nationalities with over 45-thousand files.
Menu - Bible and Theology Questions
Eden Communications / Films For Christ - Lowell Wallen, President, Executive Director, Paul S. Taylor

Christian Research Institute (CRI)
Home of the "Bible Answer Man" radio program with Hank Hanegraaff. Publisher of the "Christian Research Journal." They have a large searchable database with helpful articles on all aspects of apologetics.

Dinesh D'Souza Website
Author of best-seller, What's So Great About Christianity

Discovery Institute - Center for Science and Culture
Among other things, this organization supports research by scientists and other scholars developing the scientific theory known as intelligent design.

Access Research Network
Michael J. Behe
Phillip E. Johnson
William A. Dembski

Evangelical Philosophical Society
Evangelical Philosophical Society (EPS) is an organization of professional scholars devoted to pursuing philosophical excellence in both the church and the academy. Interested laypersons can join as full, associate, or student members.

Dr. Gary R. Habermas
History, Philosophy, and Christian Apologetics: Specializing in Resurrection-of-Jesus Research

Holman Quick Source Guide for Apologetics

Institute For Creation Research (ICR)
ICR was founded in 1981 by Dr. Henry Morris, co-author of The Genesis Flood, which began the "young earth" concept. ICR Graduate School offers an advanced degree in science education. ICR publishes Acts & Facts magazine and the Days of Praise daily devotional, conducts a daily radio program, and maintains the Museum of Creation and Earth History in San Diego. Leadership is now provided by Morris' sons, John and Henry III.

Lifeway Article Repository on Apologetics

Walter Martin's Religious InfoNet

Origins

Reasonable Faith - With William Lane Craig
...providing an articulate, intelligent voice in defense of biblical Christianity in the public square

Reasons To Believe
Biblical creation teaching from the perspective that astronomy and other scientific disciplines prove that the earth and Universe are billions of years old. Dr. Hugh Ross is President and Director of Research.

Stand To Reason
This is the website for "Stand To Reason" radio show and host Greg Koukl. Koukl and other faculty members offer lectures and seminars geared towards helping Christians gain practical tools they need to make a difference in their world.

The Truth Project
From Focus on the Family - Dr. Del Tackett

Ravi Zacharias International Ministries
A global ministry that seeks to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ to cultural influencers throughout the world.





Multimedia

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Wikis

There are a number of user-edited Internet encyclopedias, known as "wikis." These may be very helpful, but because of the input of multiple editors, they may be incorrect. Go to any of these wikis and do a search for "Archaeology" or any other topic.

Wikipedia - Biblical Archaeology School - General interest - May have non-Biblical point of view.
Theopedia - Biblical Archaeology - Traditional, evangelical, Protestant point of view.
Conservapedia - Archaeology
CreationWiki - Biblical Archaeology
WikiChristian

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