Remember the time when ‘scholars’ claimed that the Bible is not reliable history? It was confidently asserted that biblical personalities and incidents were ‘mythological,’ created to set forth religious views of the ancient Hebrew people. Well, folks, a new day has dawned. We know now that the Bible is historically and scientifically accurate.
There was a time when some erudite people pooh-poohed the Hittite peoples mentioned in the Bible, alleging that they never existed. But in 1906 excavations by the German Orient Society discovered clay tablets at the site of ancient Hattusa, now confirmed to be capital of the Hittite peoples. Chalk one up for the Bible.
Some said that Abraham never existed. But recent discoveries not only have confirmed his place in history, but National Geographic even published an article tracking his journey from Ur of the Chaldees to Canaan.
Scholars once said that there never was an event such as the biblical account of the destruction of Jericho. But archaeological evidence confirms that this happened just as described in the Bible.
Other discoveries coming to us of late are: Philistine coffins beneath the sand dunes near Gaza; The Jerusalem tomb of the high priest Caiaphas, who was involved in the trial of Jesus; A beautifully crafted silver calf at the Israeli port city of Ashkelon, confirming the biblical information about cultic religion in Palestine; The Dead Sea Scrolls reveal how accurate the copies of the Hebrew Bible were.
In the light of this, it is no wonder that U.S. News reported recently, ‘A wave of archaeological discoveries is altering old ideas about the roots of Christianity and Judaism—and affirming that the Bible is more accurate than many scholars thought. . . We’ve got to take the Bible much more seriously as an historical document’.
John Thornbury has served for many years as a pastor in Baptist churches in Pennsylvania and Kentucky.