Archaeology and the Bible


While it is true that archaeology cannot prove the Bible to be “God-breathed,” (2 Timothy 3:16) and it is also true that our faith is not dependent upon archaeology, we could not, in good conscience, believe the Bible to be God-breathed if it was directly contradicted by archaeology, history or science.

Thankfully, these are the types of things that have been said about the Bible and archaeology:

“It may be stated categorically that no archeological discovery has ever controverted a single biblical reference. Scores of archeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline or in exact detail historical statements in the Bible.”

– Nelson Glueck, Rivers in the Desert, 1960, pg 31

“I began with a mind unfavorable to it…but more recently I found myself brought into contact with the Book of Acts as an authority for the topography, antiquities, and society of Asia Minor. It was gradually borne upon me that in various details the narrative showed marvelous truth.” 

– William M. Ramsay, St. Paul the Traveler and the Roman Citizen, 1982, pg 8

“Luke is a historian of the first rank; not merely are his statements of fact trustworthy…this author should be placed along with the very greatest historians.” 

– William M. Ramsay, The Bearing of Recent Discovery on the Trustworthiness of the New Testament, 1915, pg 222

Any attempt to reject its basic historicity even in matters of detail must now appear absurd. Roman historians have long taken it for granted.” 

– A.N Sherwin-White, Roman Society and Roman Law in the New Testament, 1963, pg. 189

“…Archeological work has unquestionably strengthened confidence in the reliability of the scriptural record. More than one archeologist has found respect for the Bible increased by the experience of excavation in Palestine.” 

– Millar Burrows, What Mean These Stones, 1941, p 1

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