The Bible is a very important book for many people, offering guidance and teaching. But did you know that some things mentioned in the Bible have actually been proven to be true? Over the years, scientists, historians, and archaeologists have looked into the Bible’s stories to see if they match up with real-life evidence.
While faith is important to many, it’s fascinating to find out that certain events, places, and people mentioned in the Bible have been confirmed by things like old records, archaeological discoveries, and scientific research.
Let’s explore some interesting facts from the Bible that have been supported by actual evidence. This helps us understand how faith, history, and science can come together.
1. The Fall of Jericho
Archaeological evidence suggests that the ancient city of Jericho did experience a destruction event around the time indicated in the Bible.
And when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn when you hear the sound of the trumpet, then all the people shall shout with a great shout, and the wall of the city will fall down flat,1 and the people shall go up, everyone straight before him.” Joshua 6:5.
According to The New York Times, the site was discovered to have a three-foot layer of ash that contained numerous pottery shards and mud bricks from a wall. The burned fragments were dated to 1410 B.C., plus or minus 40 years.
“Look at Behemoth, which I made along with you and which feeds on grass like an ox. What strength it has in its loins, what power in the muscles of its belly! Its tail sways like a cedar; the sinews of its thighs are close-knit.” Job 40:15-17.
Some commentators claim it was a hippopotamus. The hippo, though, does not fit in all accounts. This enormous creature that God created had a tail resembling that of a very tall cedar tree. And it is obvious that the hippo does not fit that description.
3. King David
“So David reigned over all Israel, and he administered justice and equity to all his people.” 1 Chronicles 18:14
One of the more well-known figures in the Old Testament, King David, is famous for defeating Goliath, ruling the Kingdom of Israel, and having Solomon as a son.
According to the Biblical Archaeology Society, Archaeologists in northern Israel discovered the broken stone slab known as the Tel Dan Stele in 1993. The carved stone monument honors a Damascus king’s victory over two rival enemies.
The phrase was translated as “House of David,” according to archaeologists. Most historians accept this inscription as evidence of the existence of a royal house in the Ancient Near East that bore the biblical character’s name.
4. Jesus Christ
“Now there was about this time Jesus… when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men among us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians so named from him are not extinct at this day.” – Josephus.
Many have sought physical proof of Jesus Christ, like the Shroud of Turin and pieces of his crucifixion cross. Yet, the most reliable evidence remains in written sources, especially the writings of the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus, who confirmed Jesus’s existence just decades after his death. Also, experts have claimed to find items like the crucifixion nails and the crown of thorns as physical evidence of his presence.
5. Jesus’s Home in Nazareth
“When Mary and Joseph had completed everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to their hometown, Nazareth in Galilee.” Luke 2:39
According to Artnet News, Archaeologist Ken Dark claims that Jesus’ childhood home may have been discovered beneath the Sisters of Nazareth Convent in Nazareth, Israel. A first-century “courtyard house” was found during the excavation.
The remains match the description in the seventh-century pilgrim account De Locus Sanctis, indicating that the courtyard house located beneath the convent may have served as Jesus’ home in Nazareth.
6. Solomon’s Temple
“He said to me, ‘Your son Solomon is the one who shall build My house and My courts; for I have chosen him to be a son to Me, and I will be a father to him.” 1 Chronicles 28:6.
According to the Bible, Solomon’s Temple was built on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, where an angel of God had appeared to David.
In 2010, according to Discover Magazine, a group of archaeologists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem under the direction of Eilat Mazar claimed to have found a monumentally large wall segment while excavating in Jerusalem’s Old City.
According to some radiocarbon dates, the site was occupied during Solomon’s reign. “This is the first time that a structure from that time has been found that may correlate with written descriptions of Solomon’s building in Jerusalem,” Mazar stated.
7. Noah’s Ark
“The LORD then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation.” Genesis 7:1.
As reported by Israel Hayom, Archaeologists working on the Noah’s Ark Scans project have discovered a massive shape in the Turkish mountains whose dimensions correspond to those of Noah’s Ark, according to their advanced 3D scans.
It’s important to approach these historical and archaeological connections with an understanding that they provide context but may not always provide definitive proof for every aspect of the biblical narrative.
The Bible serves multiple purposes beyond historical documentation, including spiritual guidance and moral teachings, and its interpretation can vary based on individual faith perspectives.
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Biblical myths can take hold in our understanding of what the Bible says and misinform how we view Scripture.
From the Trinity to Jonah and the whale to Eve and the apple, here are 15 commonly accepted and widely repeated biblical “facts” you won’t find anywhere in the Bible.
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Think Jesus is always polite, meek, and mild-mannered? Think again.
While we know that Jesus is perfect love in human form, he did say many things that are hard for us (as humans with limited understanding) to wrap our heads around.
I hope, that when we get to Heaven, we’ll be able to ask him, “What did you mean by that??” but in the meantime, here are 10 questionable things Jesus said or did that still cause us to scratch our heads in confusion two thousand years later.
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The morals and values of celebrities in Hollywood often stand in stark contrast to the Christian faith. Where the Bible says not to be arrogant or put your hope in wealth (1 Tim 6:17), many in Hollywood flaunt their expensive mansions, cars, and wardrobes.
Or when the Bible says “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourself (Philippians 2:3),” it’s obvious to see how the cut-throat world of Hollywood makes this verse difficult to live out.
Thankfully, there are several celebrities who are successful actors AND followers of Christ. In fact, these men and women use their fame as a way to honor God and give back to others – exactly what the Christian faith is all about.