Does Archaeology Prove The Bible?
Many Scientists believe that archaeology has contributed more to substantiating the authenticity of Scripture than most people know about. Consider the following:
It credits historical statements. Cities, names, places, events and beliefs have been documented by archaeology. Typical was the blatant denial of the existence of a people known as Hittites (mentioned 38 times in the Old Testament) until a scholar demonstrated that not only did they exist but their language was the key to Indo-European languages.
It sheds much light on the language of Scripture. For instance, Peter wrote, telling his readers to "make your calling and election sure..." (2 Peter 1:10). The word "sure," archaeologists have discovered, was used in legal documents of the Roman era. In a contract it meant the stipulations could not be changed. "Make your calling and election sure" takes on new meaning.
It gives insights to culture. Abraham needed a place to bury Sarah at her death. Ephron, a Hittite, says, "It's yours - my gift to you!" But he really didn't mean that. He said it because it was cultural. Finally, he says, "It's worth 400 shekels of silver." The deal was struck. God made covenants with His people following the structure of ancient legal covenants.
It provides us with a better understanding of biblical times. The bible was written in a world of flesh and blood, of commerce, of intrigue, of love and death. The more archaeologists have unearthed, the greater is our understanding of the times in which the Word was given.
Archaeology reveals much about the people of the Bible. It's a valuable ally that encourages and enlightens us today. It helps you read the Word with confidence.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. 2 TIMOTHY 3:16