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  • FIRST-PERSON: Archaeology -- from the subtle to the sublime

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Tuesday, February 06, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Gary Myers reflects on his experiences at an archaeological dig in Israel, recounting, "As I peel back layers of dirt to reveal the nuances of cultures and customs, my appreciation of the Bible grows exponentially." Read More

  • Dead Sea Scrolls fragment may help solve Bible puzzle

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, January 24, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    HAIFA, Israel (BP) -- A message from one of the last two untranslated Dead Sea Scrolls may contain a clue to help Bible scholars reconstruct the chronology of Jesus' final week on earth.

    Researchers at the University of Haifa have pieced together and translated 42 encoded fragments of a scroll that explain the structure of a year according to the 364-day calendar employed by the first-century Jewish Qumran sect, which lived in the Judean desert and authored the scroll. Read More

  • Ancient DNA said to support Bible's Babel account

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, January 04, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    TANANA, Alaska (BP) -- Ancient human genetic material harvested in Alaska has been cited by two creation researchers as corroborating evidence of Scripture's claim humans migrated en masse from the Tower of Babel.

    A study published Jan. 3 in the journal Nature claims DNA extracted from the remains of an infant girl buried in central Alaska suggests an ancient migration of people from East Asia, across a frozen land bridge, to North America.

    After scientists extracted the DNA, they dated it to approximately 11,500 years ago, according to common evolutionary dating methods, and discovered commonalties between the harvested genome and the DNA of modern Native Americans. Researchers also found the ancient infant girl had ancestors in East Asia some 35,000 years ago according to evolutionary dating methods. Read More

  • Location of Jesus' tomb revealed?

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, November 29, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    JERUSALEM (BP) -- Scientific dating of ancient mortar in Jerusalem has added to what some scholars call mounting evidence the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was the site of Jesus' tomb.

    "Obviously our faith does not rest in external evidences," said Daniel Warner, associate professor of Old Testament and archaeology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, noting the Bible alone is humans' infallible rule for faith and practice. But "it's nice and comforting to know that what we've been claiming since the [time] of Christ ... has always panned out." Read More

  • Archaeologists may have found apostle Peter's hometown

    by David Roach, posted Friday, August 11, 2017 (8 months ago)

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    EL-ARAJ, Israel (BP) -- Archaeologists believe they may have solved a mystery: the location of Bethsaida, the biblical town that was home to the apostles Peter, Andrew and Philip.

    In addition to its identification as the hometown of three apostles (John 1:44), Bethsaida is mentioned in Scripture as the site Jesus healed a blind man (Mark 8:22) and fed the 5,000 (Luke 9:10).

    Southern Baptist archaeologists, who were not involved in the project, said pinpointing Bethsaida may shed light on the biblical text, but archaeology should not be viewed as a catalyst for faith. Read More

  • Archaeologists' discovery supports Bible's Gezer account

    by David Roach, posted Monday, July 10, 2017 (9 months ago)

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    TEL GEZER, Israel (BP) -- A discovery of ancient human remains by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary archaeologists has helped confirm Scripture's portrayal of the city of Gezer in southern Israel.

    The discovery, unearthed this summer by Southwestern's Tandy Institute of Archaeology, included remains of two adults and a child inside a building that appeared to have been violently destroyed by Egyptians in the 13th century B.C., according to media reports. Because the Egyptians in that period preferred to keep vanquished foes alive, "the heavy destruction suggests the Egyptian pharaoh ... Read More

  • Dead Sea Scrolls: New cave joins the saga

    by Art Toalston & Rob Collingsworth, posted Friday, February 10, 2017 (one year ago)

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    JERUSALEM (BP) -- A major discovery related to the Dead Sea Scrolls has been announced -- a cave where some of the ancient scrolls once were placed.

    Archaeologists previously had listed 11 caves where Dead Sea Scrolls texts had been found. Now there's a 12th cave, according to an excavation led by Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Liberty University in Virginia -- though the cave had been looted during the mid-20th century and its scrolls taken. Read More

  • 'Silver and gold' items highlight NOBTS dig

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Monday, December 19, 2016 (one year ago)

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    KARMEI YOSEF, ISRAEL (BP) -- Before the Israelites entered the Promised Land, God warned His people through Moses to avoid the idols of the Canaanites. Joshua reiterated this strict warning against the Canaanite gods after the people crossed the Jordan.

    But the Israelites did not heed these warnings. The idols and false gods of the Canaanites proved to be a snare to the people from the time of the Conquest until the Exile. Read More

  • Jesus' purported tomb unearthed for study

    by David Roach, posted Monday, November 07, 2016 (one year ago)

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    JERUSALEM (BP) -- Archaeologists' discovery of what may be the original burial bed on which Jesus' body was laid have been deemed "hugely significant" by a Southern Baptist archaeologist.

    The burial bed -- which has not been studied by archaeologists previously -- was unearthed Oct. 28 inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, a site regarded by some as the burial place of Jesus, National Geographic reported. Two days earlier, researchers from the National Technical University of Athens removed marble cladding from the traditional burial site inside a shrine known as the ... Read More

  • Archaeologists buttress early dating of OT books

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, April 13, 2016 (2 years ago)

    "Believers can believe the Bible when it says that 'Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord.'"

    -- Stephen Andrews

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A study suggesting widespread literacy among ancient Hebrews before 600 B.C. has been dubbed "one more nail slammed in the coffin" of liberal theology's argument that Old Testament books could not have been written during the lives of David, Moses and other scriptural authors.

    The finding from a team of Israeli archaeologists and mathematicians counters notions that literacy was rare and isolated before the Jews' exile to Babylon. Read More