18 Historical Discoveries That Support the Bible’s Claims

SharePinEmailThe Bible is a hugely important text for millions of people across the globe. It has been a contentious topic of debate for many years, with some viewing it as holding symbolic stories and others holding it as an accurate portrayal of history. Either way, through the years many archaeological discoveries have been uncovered that…

The Bible is a hugely important text for millions of people across the globe. It has been a contentious topic of debate for many years, with some viewing it as holding symbolic stories and others holding it as an accurate portrayal of history. Either way, through the years many archaeological discoveries have been uncovered that go a long way to support events as described in the Bible, providing compelling evidence for many. In this article, we have laid out 18 of these discoveries, highlighting the places in which historical evidence aligns with biblical narrative.

The Dead Sea Scrolls

Editorial credit: Hebrewish Designs/lightstock.

The Dead Sea Scrolls are ancient manuscripts that harbour Hebrew Bible texts. They were discovered in a cave system near the Dead Sea between 1947 and 1956, and have been dated by experts as being from the third century BCE to the first century CE. They stand out as being very consistent with later biblical texts and demonstrate the accuracy between scriptures throughout hundreds of years.

The Tel Dan Stele

ditorial credit: Oren Rozen / CC BY-SA 4.0/ Wikimedia Commons

Found in northern Israel in 1993, the Tel Dan Stele is an inscription from the 9th century BCE. Although fragmentary in nature, it clearly mentions the “House of David”, making it one of the earliest reference to the king outside the Bible. For many historians, this is evidential of his existence in ancient history.

The Mesha Stele

Editorial credit: Mbzt / Wikimedia Commons /CC BY 3.0

Discovered in 1868 and otherwise known as the Moabite Stone, this artifact dates back to approximately 840 BCE and describes the Moabite king Mesha’s victory against the Israelites. This serves to corroborate accounts of the victory found in the Bible much later, particularly within 2 Kings 3.

The Pilate Stone

Editorial credit: Marion Doss/ Wikimedia Commons /CC BY-SA 2.0

The Pilate Stone is an inscription that describes the Roman governor Pontius Pilate, the famous figure who ordered the crucifixion of Jesus. Found in 1961 in Caesarea Maritima, the stone is believed to originate from all the way back in the first century CE, providing evidence of the New Testament figure so crucial to Biblical texts.

The Cyrus Cylinder

Editorial credit: Prioryman / Wikimedia Commons /CC BY-SA 3.0

This clay cylinder dates back to the 6th century BCE, and provides evidence for the biblical texts in the Book of Ezra. It contains details of King Cyrus of Persia, and his decree that allowed the Jews and other exiled peoples to return to their homelands.

The hezekiah’s tunnel

Editorial credit: Tamar Hayardeni / Wikimedia Commons /CC BY 3.0

Mentioned in the Bible in 2 Kings 20:20 and 2 Chronicles 32:30, the Hezekiah’s Tunnel was carved out during the reign of King Hezekiah of Judah in the 8th century BCE. The tunnel was created in order to secure the water supply to Jerusalem, sourced from the Gohin Spring and in need of protection due to an Assyrian siege. The existence of the tunnel and historian’s analysis of it corroborates it’s description in the Bible.

The house of david inscription

Editorial credit: Schreiber / Wikimedia Commons /CC BY-SA 3.0

Marking another reference to the “House of David”, the Mesha Stele is yet another example of records to Davidic lineage. This inscription adds to the strong evidence from history that backs up the biblical account to of the house.

The siloam inscription

Editorial credit: Wikikati/Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

The Siloam Inscription is an ancient Hebrew artefact that commemorates the completion of the aforementioned Hezekiah’s Tunnel, dating to the 8th century BCE. This is another demonstration of the biblical narrative that describes Hezekiah’s efforts to protect Jerusalem.

the silver amulets of ketef hinnom

Editorial credit: Bachrach44 / Wikimedia Commons /CC BY-SA 3.0

These tiny silver scrolls were discovered in Jerusalem in 1979, and are thought to date back to the 7th century BCE. This makes them the oldest known biblical texts found to date, and they contain the priestly blessings written in the Bible from numbers 6:24-26. This exemplifies the ancient nature of these scriptures and demonstrates once more their consistency through the centuries.

The lachish letters

Editorial credit: Willem van de Poll / Wikimedia Commons /CC0

The Lachish Letters are ostraca, which are inscribed shards of pottery, and they contain communications from during the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem. According to experts, the shards date back to approximately 588 BCE, making them exceptionally old and all the more remarkable to find them in the Bible, namely Jeremiah 34:7.

the assyrian lachish reliefs

Editorial credit: User:oncenawhile / Wikimedia Commons /CC BY-SA 3.0

The biblical account found in 2 Kings 18-19 and Isaiah 36-37, describe the Assyrian siege of Lachish. These detailed carvings, or reliefs, were discovered in the palace of Sennacherib in Nineveh and corroborate the narrative as found in the Bible, lending to credence to its historic truth.

the pool of bethesda

Editorial credit: קבוצת לואיס The Lewis Group / Wikimedia Commons /CC BY-SA 3.0

Found in Jerusalem, a complex of pools uncovered during excavations were identified by experts as the Pool of Bethesda. Reference to this holy place can be found in John 5:1-15, wherein Jesus miraculously healed a paralyzed man.

the pool of siloam

Editorial credit: File:1865 Ordnance Survey of Jerusalem Old City full map.jpg /Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

Also in Jerusalem, and a discovery through excavation, is the Pool of Siloam. Archaeological evidence has made it possible to identify the place, known to readers of the Bible as the place where Jesus healed a man who was born blind, according to John 9:1-11. Finding these sights as described in the Bible goes a long way to validating their historic and religious significance.

the caiaphas ossuary

Editorial credit: deror_avi / Wikimedia Commons /CC BY-SA 3.0

The Caiaphas Ossuary is a bone box that is inscribed with the name of the high priest Caiaphas, who according to the Bible presided over the trial of Jesus. The box was discovered in 1990, and provides strong evidence to the historical presence of this significant figure.

the nazareth inscription

Editorial credit: BlueIncDrone/lightstock.

This inscription can be found on a marble tablet dated from the first century CE. It outlines the sentencing of capital punishment for grave robbing, and many believe this refers to the early Christian claim of the resurrection of Jesus and the famous tale of the empty tomb.

the galilee boat

Editorial credit: Travellers & Tinkers / CC BY-SA 4.0/ Wikimedia Commons

This ancient boat was found in 1986 and dates back to the first century. It is a fishing boat from the Sea of Galilee that exemplifies the kind of life Jesus and his disciples would have lived, with many of them being fishermen, as described in many texts of the Bible.

the shishak relief at karnak

Editorial credit: Olaf Tausch / Wikimedia Commons /CC BY 3.0

This ancient relief is of Egyptian origin, dating from all the way back in 925 BCE. It corroborates the narrative told in 1 Kings 14:25-26 and 2 Chronicles 12:1-9, wherein Pharaoh Shishak conducted his campaign in Israel.

the ebla tablets

Editorial credit: Davide Mauro / CC BY-SA 4.0/ Wikimedia Commons

Uncovered in 1970s Syria, these clay tablets make reference to cities, places, names and individuals that align with many of those found in the Bible, as well as a description of the patriarchal society readers of the Bible would recognise. Considering the tablets date back to around 2300 BCE, this makes for compelling historic evidence.

20 Catholic Beliefs That Aren’t in the Bible

Image Credit: Shutterstock.

20 Catholic Beliefs That Aren’t in the Bible

18 Outdated Church Traditions That Are Driving People Away

Image Credit: Shutterstock.

18 Outdated Church Traditions That Are Driving People Away

25 Quirks of Catholic Culture That People Struggle To Understand

Editorial credit: KieferPix / Shutterstock.

25 Quirks of Catholic Culture That People Struggle To Understand

Leave a Reply