Does archaeology support the Bible record?
An article published in Biblical Archaeology Review stated that
the existence of at least 50 individuals mentioned in the He-
brew Scriptures can now be confirmed by the findings of ar-
Among these are 14 kings of Judah and Israel, in-
cluding such well-known figures as David and Hezekiah, and
the lesser-known Menahem and Pekah.
The list also includes
5 Pharaohs and 19 kings of Assyria, Babylonia, Moab, Persia,
Monarchs are not the only ones to appear in both the
Biblical and archaeological record, however. So do lesser fig-
ures, such as high priests, a scribe, and other officials.
For all those individuals, there is a substantial amount of
scholarly agreement for a firm identification, states the article.
Of course, the Christian Greek Scriptures refer to many other
historical figures, and there is archaeological evidence to sup-
port a number of them as well such as Herod, Pontius Pilate,
Tiberius, Caiaphas, and Sergius Paulus. ˇ
An archaeological dig now in its 20th year has uncovered the entrance gate to Gath, the ancient Biblical city of the Philistines and onetime home of the giant Goliath.
Before the king of Damascus destroyed it in 830 BCE, Gath was the largest city in the land for hundreds of years, reports the Jerusalem Post.
The Bible refers to the massive city gate itself, in the story of David's escape from King Saul to the king of Gath.
In addition to the city gate, scientists have also unearthed an impressive fortification wall, several buildings that include a temple and iron production facility, and what the Post calls the earliest decipherable Philistine inscription ever found which contains two names similar to Goliath.
After finding a huge fortification, it’s clearly the most important city of the 10th and ninth centuries, says the archaeologist in charge of the dig,