Chapter 41: Archeology

I’m going to let the experts speak on this one. The follow is a list of archaeology experts. If you’re interested in this subject, there is plenty of interesting stuff to learn. 
Here is a list of quotes from Archaeologists. Judge for yourself what you think. 

“Through the wealth of data uncovered by historical and archaeological research, we are able to measure the Bible’s historical accuracy. In every case where its claims can thus be tested, the Bible proves to be accurate and reliable.”⁠1 

“It may be stated categorically that no archaeological discovery has ever controverted a Biblical reference. Scores of archaeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline or exact detail historical statements in the Bible. And, by the same token, proper evaluation of Biblical description has often led to amazing discoveries.”⁠2

“Archaeology has confirmed countless passages which have been rejected by critics as unhistorical or contradictory to known facts......Yet archaeological discoveries have shown that these critical charges.....are wrong and that the Bible is trustworthy in the very statements which have been set aside as untrustworthy.....We do not know of any cases where the Bible has been proved wrong.”⁠3

“On the whole, however, archaeological work has unquestionably strengthened confidence in the reliability of the Scriptural record. More than one archaeologist has found his respect for the Bible increased by the experience of excavation in Palestine....Archaeology has in many cases refuted the views of modern critics. It has shown, in a number of instances, that these views rest on false assumptions and unreal, artificial schemes of historical development. This is a real contribution and not to be minimized.”

“It is therefore legitimate to say that, in respect of that part of the Old Testament against which the disintegrating criticism of the last half of the nineteenth century was chiefly directed, the evidence of archaeology has been to reestablish its authority and likewise to augment its value by rendering it more intelligible through a fuller knowledge of its background and setting. Archaeology has not yet said its last word, but the results already achieved confirm what faith would suggest – that the Bible can do nothing but gain from an increase in knowledge.”⁠4

“Luke is a historian of the first rank; not merely are his statements of facts trustworthy; he is possessed of the true historic sense...In short this author should be placed along with the very greatest of historians.”⁠5


1 Cottrell, Jack. “The Authority of the Bible” Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1979: pp. 48-49.
2 Dr. Nelson Glueck, Rivers in the Desert, (New York: Farrar, Strous and Cudahy, 1959), 136.
3 Free, JP, and HF Vos. Archaeology and Bible History. Books.google.com, 1992. pg. 1
4 Kenyon, FG. “The Bible and Archaeology.” Harper & brothers (1940):  p. 279.
5 Ramsay, WM. The Bearing of Recent Discovery on the Trustworthiness of the New Testament, 1915. pp. 81, 222

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