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Archaeological Evidence

By: Steve Shirley

     Hundreds of people, places, and things mentioned in the Bible can still be seen today. Artifacts uncovered continue to reinforce more and more the truth contained in the Bible. There has never been any archaeological find that has ever contradicted the Bible.
Listed below is just a tiny portion of evidence supporting the Bible.

Tombs Of Bible People: Joseph (Gen Ch. 37-50)(Ex 13:19)
Location: Shechum in Caanan (Still revered today)

Tombs Of Bible People: Rachel (Gen Ch. 26-48)(See 48:7)
Location: 1 Mi N of Jerusalem, 4 mi S of Jerusalem (Revered by Jews today)

Tombs Of Bible People: Absalom (2 Sam Ch. 13-20) And Zechariah (1 Chr)
Location: Located side by side in the Kidron Valley just outside Jerusalem

Tombs Of Bible People: Darius I (Ezra Ch. 4-6) and Artaxeres I (Ezra Ch. 4-8)
Location: Located side by side in the city of Persepolis in ancient Persia

Tombs Of Bible People: Barnabas (Acts Ch. 11-15)
Location: Cyprus

Tombs Of Bible People: Lazarus (Jn 11:1-44)
Location: Bethany (Revered by the people in that area)

Tombs Of Bible People: John The Apostle
Location: Ephesus

Tombs Of Bible People: John The Baptist
Location: Enclosed in a church bearing his name in Samaria-Sebaste

     ** Many tombs and other historic sites in the Bible had churches built over or around them to commemorate the events that occurred at them, and they still survive today.

Artifacts / Ruins Uncovered: The Moabite Stone
Location: Parts in the Louvre in Paris (Mentions 15 places from the OT and the revolt of King Mesha: 2 Kin 3:4-27)

Artifacts / Ruins Uncovered: Amarna Tablets
Location: Tell el-Amarna, Egypt (Confirms many things from the book of Joshua)

Artifacts / Ruins Uncovered: Prism of Sennacherib
Location: Baghdad, Iraq (Speaks of King Sennachrrib's invasion of Jerusalem: Isa Ch. 36-37)

Artifacts / Ruins Uncovered: Ruins of King Nebuchadnezzar's palace (Dan Ch. 1-5)
Location: Babylon in Iraq (His name is impressed on some of the bricks found there. It is one of the most popular tourist sites in Iraq.)

Artifacts / Ruins Uncovered: Inscription in stone that mentions Pontius Pilate was the procurator of Judea.
Location: In a theatre in Caesarea

Artifacts / Ruins Uncovered: Inscription in stone that says, "Erastus (Rom 16:23), the commissioner of public works, laid this pavement at his own expense."
Location: In a theatre in Corinth

Artifacts / Ruins Uncovered: Stone carving of the Ark of the Covenant
Location: Discovered in a synagogue in Capernaum

Artifacts / Ruins Uncovered: Ruins of Sodom and Gomorrah
Location: South end of the Dead Sea

Artifacts / Ruins Uncovered: Stone carving of two boys undergoing the circumcision ritual
Location: Egyptian National Museum

** We also have busts of many rulers listed in the Bible such as:

Augustus Caesar (Lk 2:1)
Tiberious Caesar (Lk 3:1)
Claudius Caesar (Acts 18:1-2)(Acts 11:28)
Nero (the ruling emperor who persecuted Paul) (Acts 25:11-12)(Acts 26:32)(Phil 4:22)

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