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Archaeology she confirms the Bible?
The Holy Land fascinating. For nearly 1500 years, pilgrims went there. It was not until the early nineteenth century that scientists have accompanied them. We then entered the era of biblical archeology: the study of objects, people, places and languages ​​of the ancient Holy Land from remains buried in the ground. Archaeology she confirms the Bible? Is it necessary to faith? Reflection on these issues with a quick journey through the museum.
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The archaeological debate has little impact on the
biblical narrative. Archaeology and the Biblical narrative does not address the history at the same angle.
Archaeology has issues and priorities
different. The Bible contains information
written on events or
characters from the past. Archaeology, she tries to find information on these events and characters by scrutinizing every trace of them that
the ground can still deliver, but these remains are
generally very incomplete and subject to various interpretations.
Cover of book Alan Millard, Excellis 1997
Lights on archaeological sites and biblical times
The reader of the Bible and archeology are like two following two paths nearly parallel people, one car on the road, the other foot on the sidewalk. They do not have the same interests or the same concerns, but their views are often more complementary than contradictory. Exciting clarification is obtained by comparing the impressions of both.

Archaeology and the Biblical narrative does not address the history at the same angle

Exciting clarification is obtained
by comparing the two impressions.

Archaeology has issues and

different. priorities

Overall archeology tends to confirm the historical value of the biblical narrative. But she can not deny the biblical story conclusively. It can, against reviving the material world in which the Bible refers. What looked like a great place? What aspect was an antique mirror? Such information would increase our understanding of the text. Archaeology also supplements the historical narrative, sometimes with a different story. Finally, it is about the life and thought of ancient Israel's neighbors, and illuminates the intellectual context in which the Israelite thought developed.
Archaeology can
revive the material world in which the Bible refers and expand
our understanding
And sometimes confirm ...
Some examples:
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The discovery of the ruins of the palace of Khorsabad
released the Assyrian king mentioned in Isaiah 20:1 the darkness of profane history
to raise the
historical reputation.
Long considered imaginary by leading biblical scholars, Sargon II is now
one of the kings of Assyria
the best known.

Sargon II and a dignitary      AO 19873   

Richelieu Room 4

ivories from Arslan Tash

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Registration of Siloam

These ivories from Arslan Tash from the bed of Hazael king of Syria shows that came to power in the time of King Joram and died in the days of Joash, king of Israel (2 Kings 8-13). An inscription in Aramaic script found with this set mentions the name of the king of Damascus. The annals of Shalmaneser III relate the story of his victories over Hazael. The Hebrew inscription of Siloam , which is a cast in the Louvre was found on the wall of the tunnel of Siloam. It tells the digging of the canal from both ends and indicates the length. This underground channel seems to correspond to the work of King Hezekiah "how he built the pool and canal to bring water into the city."
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This tent from one of the columns in the hearing room (Apadana) of the palace of Darius 1
This is as the setting for events
reported in the book of Esther.
It has been said that "in the Old Testament,
no event has a frame that can be,
from excavations, restore them as
vivid and accurate as 'Shushan the palace.' "
The discoveries made by French archaeologists
confirmed the accuracy of the details of the editor concerning the administration of the Persian kingdom
and construction of the palace.
The Bible attests to the greatness of the empire, she called Xerxes 1, the successor of Darius, "this is Ahasuerus
who reigned from India to Ethiopia, on hundred and twenty seven administrative districts. "- Esther 1:1.
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polished metal are offered
not as good as the reflective surfaces
existing glass mirrors. The image was fatally flawed and unclear.
This knowledge
in the ancient world
the objects of everyday life allows
for example these words
of the apostle Paul:

"Now we see the outlines were undecided at
using a metal mirror "
(1 Corinthians 1:12 p.m.).

Archaeology brings the world of the Bible

and broadens our understanding


Archaeology also supplements the historical narrative by presenting

sometimes a different story.

In 1868 an Alsatian missionary, F. Klein discovers an ancient inscription Dhinân, ancient Dibon, the capital of the kingdom of Moab. Stamping characters is achieved through the sagacity of Clermont-Ganneau before the stone is broken by the Bedouins. With the thirty-four lines, is "the most important discovery ever made in the field of Eastern epigraphy," according to Ernest Renan.
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of Israel gives us one of the largest
direct testimony to the world of the Bible.
Written mention of Israel is the oldest
known occurrence. Are also mentioned
many biblical sites confirming their authenticity. Include Ataroth and Nebo (Numbers 32:34,34), Dibon (Joshua 13:9), Beth diblathaim (Jeremiah 48:22,24).
The Moabites, descendants of Lot, Abraham's nephew, were related to the Israelites, which is here the similarity of the language of the two peoples.
The text does not follow a chronological order.
Glorification of the king and the actions of his reign,
it has the version of King Mesha of his rebellion
against Israel (2 Kings 1:1, 3:4-5).
Different version that illuminates the historical narrative.
Archaeology is also about the life and thought of the neighbors of anti Israel, and illuminates the intellectual and religious context in which the Israelite thought developed.
These figurines, plates (AO 16716)
represent gods or household idols.
They vary widely in size, can be in the form of a man or be much smaller.
An archaeological discovery in Nuzi
revealed the existence of a patriarchal law under
which the possession of family gods gave
a man the right of ownership over the property of her late stepfather.
Written in Babylonian, these clay tablets
contain a wealth of information on
legal customs fairly close to those
the patriarchal period described in Genesis.
Examples of biblical statements confirmed by
excavations at Nuzi are so numerous that the Supplement to the Bible Dictionary (Vol. VI, columns 663-672) devotes more than eight columns in small type.
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This model of the palace of Mari (SN), called complex 'architectural gem archaic', reflects the brilliant civilization that was the city-state of Mari, destroyed by Hammurabi around 1760 BC NS Presumably the Jews went to the ruins when they were taken into exile in Babylon. A188
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Model of the palace of Mari

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The discovery of this site, which has delivered more than 15,000 tablets engraved in cuneiform clay helped to better understand the world in which Abraham lived. André Parrot, archives "reveal striking similarities between peoples and they mention that the Old Testament tells us the time of the patriarchs." A189
This bronze tray , hold a high comparable to those used by the Canaanites. The term Sit Shamsi, 'Rising Sun', refers to a worship of the sun god Shamash. Next squatting priests are trained steles, ponds and a sacred grove. These high places were usually associated with false worship and Jewish apostates.
This tablet
Cuneiform (AO 7098)
written in Akkadian,
is a letter of the Governor of Megiddo to Pharaoh.
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The official correspondence sheds light on
the international situation in the XIV th century av.n. è. and conflicts that shook the princes of the Syro-Palestinian region.
One of the advantages of the Amarna letter EA 365 is a statement that gives the chore. The other advantage of this letter is the mention of Megiddo. The biblical story as a layman speaks decisive battles near this city because of its strategic position
The Bible contains a multitude of events and characters that have not been authenticated by external sources. The silence of external knowledge he denies the biblical account?
Say one thing
or a character or an event did not exist because no archaeological discovery
has been made about them is missing a conclusion

The arguments


prove nothing.

scientific rigor. The only scientific conclusion that can honestly make such a lack of information is that no archaeological discovery has been made on these
Biblical characters to this day. Everything else is not scientific , but speculative.
After analyzing the Bible in the light of history and archeology,

writer Werner Keller says in the introduction to his book The Bible torn the sands:
"The grass withers
and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord remains forever. "
1 Peter 1:25
"Given the multiplicity of evidence provided to us by science,
I can not help but repeat myself again and again:

The Bible is right. "
"The stones will cry out," Jesus once said. While there is a language of stones and 'talking stones ...' and all archeology tends to confirm the historical value of the biblical narrative. But this relatively new science has its limits. In reality it is not a necessary complement nor a necessary confirmation of the truth contained in the Word of God.
Only the Bible gives the sharpest of the past image of man, and it came up today, not through archaeological excavations, but because it has been preserved by its author. "The word of Yahweh remains forever." - 1 Peter 1:25
See also
Archaeologists have discovered in Jerusalem, a small clay seal bearing the name of the town of Bethlehem. The - Published on 23/05/2012

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