Archeologist says new finds support Bible's accuracy
A Hebrew University archeologist says finds at a new dig site near Jerusalem are backing up the biblical narrative of an Israelite kingdom centered on Jerusalem in 1000 BC, around the time of King David and his son, King Solomon.
Professor Yosef Garfinkel has been digging at Khirbet Qeiyafa near the Jerusalem suburb of Beit Shemesh since 2007. Carbon dating of unearthed olive pits has put the period of activity at Khirbet Qeiyafa at 1020 BC - 980 BC, almost exactly the period of time the Bible says David and Solomon were active in the region. The dating, together with the uniqueness of the finds, has made Khirbet Qeiyafa one of the most important biblical archeological digs....
There is a modern movement, apparently from Muslims & certain atheistic Europeans, to deny that Solomon's Temple actually existed, called "Temple Denial", & furthermore, in which it is claimed by some that the Samaritans had the real temple, which was allegedly erased from history by the Jews. I became aware of this after reading an article in Der Spiegel. It is used to delegitimize modern Israel (and Christianity along the way).
So while I agree that Biblical archaeology cannot prove Scripture, it is a useful tool to refute secular critics by their own (flawed) empirical principles.
cow jumped over the moon wrote: This is exactly the argument that Mormons use, especially since they will always have zero archeological evidence until the cows come home.
What happens to weak faith when the current archeological evidence does not confirm what you want it too prove. True Christianity is faith in what scripture says The book of mormon is not scripture.Its lies from beging to end. How do I know the Bible is now closed.
The Christians faith does not need archology to confirm his faith. What ever they find or do not find 'we walk by faith not sight' 2Cor5:7. Unbelievers will never accept no amount of evidence which is provided, only the work of the Holy Spirit applying the word of God will convert them. Any Christian needing the evidence of a archeologist as a very weak faith, if any at all. If they hear not the word of God they would neither be persuaded, though one rose from the dead Luke 16:31 God as ordained the foolisness of preaching of the gospel as the power of God unto salvation not archeology Rom1:16 1Cor 1:18-29.