"Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, 'My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,'"
- Isa 46:8-10
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Reconstructions Sketches of ancient cities & monuments from archaeology.
The Black Obelisk. In the 1840's a British man named Austen Henry Layard had a desire to travel to the Middle East and dig around some of the strange looking mounds near the City of Mosul. He had heard many tales about things being found in these mounds. He was looking for any trace of evidence that would lead him to the lost city of Nineveh, the capital of the ancient Assyrian Empire. Little did he know that one of his discoveries would turn Europe upside down with excitement. He discovered a black limestone monument which is known today as The Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III. This discovery brought a new authenticity and historicity to some of the stories in the Bible. It also gained him the support of the British Museum, and all the finances he needed to continue his excavations, and become known as "The Father of Assyriology."
The Pilate Inscription. It wasn't long ago when many scholars were questioning the actual existence of a Roman Governor with the name of Pontius Pilate, the procurator who ordered Jesus' crucifixion. In June 1961 Italian archaeologists led by Dr. Frova were excavating an ancient Roman amphitheatre near Caesarea-on-the-Sea (Maritima) and uncovered this interesting limestone block. On the worn face is a monumental inscription which is part of a larger dedication to Tiberius Caesar which clearly says that it was from "Pontius Pilate, Prefect of Judea."
The Megiddo Seal Bearing King Jeroboam's Name. It is very interesting that the Jasper Seal, found at Tel Megiddo bearing the name of King Jeroboam who ruled in the Northern Kingdom of Israel, would contain the symbol for their rival, the Southern Kingdom of Judah. But in examining all of the circumstances involved and seeing what the Bible says it is no wonder that the prosperous and victorious Northern Kingdom of Israel would boast with a symbol of their enemy.
The Tomb of Cyrus the Great. An inscription on the tomb of the great Persian monarch read: "O man, whoever you are and wherever you come from, for I know that you will come--I am Cyrus, son of Cambyses, who founded the Empire of the Persians and was king of the East. Do not grudge me this spot of earth which covers my body." - Cyrus". Is it true that Isaiah the Hebrew prophet mention Cyrus by name almost 200 years before he was born?
Sennacherib's Hexagonal Prism. This amazing discovery excavated in Nineveh in the 1830 records the Assyrian king Sennacherib's 8th campaign, which includes his siege of Jerusalem during the reign of "Hezekiah the Judahite" in 701 BC. There are 500 lines of writing in the Akkadian language on this magnificent clay prism. Is the story true that it was purchased by an American from an antiquities dealer in Baghdad?
The Ishtar Gate of Babylon. During the last days of the southern kingdom of Judah the Jews were taken captive to a distant land called Babylon at the latter part of the 6th century BC. They passed through a beautiful entrance gate made of mud brick masonry and glazed skin which stood 47 feet tall, commonly referred to as the Ishtar Gate since its discovery at the turn of the 20th century near modern Baghdad, Iraq. The tall gate was dedicated to the gods by Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylonia who reigned from 605—562 BC). Is it true that Hitler had it transported to Berlin? Where is the Ishtar Gate now?
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The Bible mentions many things about people, places and events that happened in history. The Bible also gives an accurate chronology of those people, places and events. What is amazing is that modern archaeology has confirmed that the Bible has never made one error, or given any clear contradictions in all of its text in matters of historical fact. The paintings and illustrations below of archaeological discoveries and ruins illustrate this emphatically.
- Weld Prism
- Sargon I Bust
- Hammurabi Stele
- Colossal Lion of Assyria
- Statue of Ashurnasirpal II
- Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III
- Close up of Jehu - Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III
- Tiglath Pileser III (Pul)
- Enemy Trod Under Foot
- Sargon II with Staff in Hand
- Sargon II Relief
- Winged Bull - One Sided
- Winged Bull - Two Sided
- Assyrian Royal Guard Soldiers of Sennacherib
- Lachish Captives Being Skinned Alive
- Israelite Captives from Lachish
- Taylor Prism (Sennacherib Hexagonal Prism)
- Stela of Ashurbanipal
- Ruins of Ancient Assyria
- Painting of Ancient Ashur
- Moabite Stone
- Beersheba Altar
- Ivory Pomegranate Fake
- Ossuary of Caiaphas
- Proto Ionic Capital
- El Amarna Letters
- House of David Inscription
- Korban Inscription
- Lachish Letters
- Megiddo Seal - Jeraboam Inscription
- Pilate Inscription
- Place of Trumpeting Inscription
- Qumran Jar (Dead Sea Scrolls)
- Siloam Inscription
- Tel Dan Stele
- Temple Warning Inscription
- Uzziah Tablet Inscription
- Stela of Baal
- Gold of Ophir Inscription
- Hazael King of Syria Statue
- Ancient Caesarea Harbor
- Ancient Caesarea Ruins
- Ancient Hittite Ruins
- Striding Lion of Babylon
- Nebuchadnezzar II Cylinder
- Lagash Rations Tablet
- Ishtar Gate
- Nebuchadnezzar II Brick
- Babylonian Chronicle
- Dragon of Marduk
- Lion of Marduk
- Detail of the Lion of Marduk
- The Royal Standard of Ur
- Tomb of Cyrus
- Cyrus Cylinder
- Ancient Persian Soldiers
- Persepolis Lion
- Darius Seated
- Darius the Great (Up Close)
- Ancient Persians
- Ancient Persian Warriors at Susa
- Pharaoh Kneeling Before Bull
- Amenophis II (Also Known as Thutmose-III)
- Ramesses II
- Shishak Smiting His Enemies
- Apis the Sacred Bull of Memphis
- Rosetta Stone
- The Pyramids
- Ramesses II Colossal Statue Painting
- Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs
- The Israel Stela
- Pharaoh Merneptah Statue
- Ancient Egyptian Sphinx
- Ancient Egyptian Obelisk
- Bust of Julius Caesar
- Bronze Bust of Augustus
- Bust of Augustus Caesar
- Bust of Tiberius Caesar
- Arch of Titus Menorah Relief - 1
- Arch of Titus Menorah Relief - 2
- Bust of Vespasian
- Bust of Titus
- Bust of Nero
- Roman Legionary Camp
- Roman Legion Bricks with Stamp
- Ancient Roman Eagle
- Ancient Roman Aqueduct
- Ancient Roman Legions
- Ancient Roman Milestone
- The Arch of Titus
- The Colosseum
- Alexander the Great Bust
- Antiochus IV Epiphanes Coin
- The Parthenon Ruins
- The Ancient Parthenon of Athens
- Antiochus IV Epiphanes Bust
- Alexander the Great Coin
- Greek Macedonian Infantry Helmet
- Ancient Persian Soldiers
"Little by little, one city after another, one civilization after another, one culture after another, whose memories were enshrined only in the Bible, were restored to their proper places in ancient history by the studies of archaeologists... Contemporary records of biblical events emphasized by contrast and comparison... Nowhere has archaeological discovery refuted the Bible as history."
- John Elder "Prophets, idols and Diggers" (New York: Bobbs Merrill, 1960) p. 16
"A substantial proof for the accuracy of the Old Testament text has come from archaeology. Numerous discoveries have confirmed the historical accuracy of the biblical documents, even down to the obsolete names of foreign kings... Rather than a manifestation of complete ignorance of the facts of its day, the biblical record thus reflects a great knowledge by the writer of his day, as well as precision in textual transmission."
-Norman L. Geisler, William Nix "A General Introduction to the Bible" 5th Edition (Chicago: Moody Press 1983) p. 253
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- How did the ancient Greeks and Romans practice medicine and treat illnesses?
- What were the major contributions of ancient Babylon to mathematics and astronomy?
- How did the ancient Persians create and administer their vast empire?
- What were the cultural and artistic achievements of ancient India, particularly during the Gupta Empire?
- How did ancient civilizations like the Incas and Aztecs build their remarkable cities and structures?
- What were the major trade routes and trading practices of the ancient world?
- What was the role of slavery in ancient societies like Rome and Greece?
- How did the ancient Mayans develop their sophisticated calendar system?
- What were the key events and significance of the Battle of Thermopylae in ancient Greece?
- What was life like for women in ancient Rome?
Bible Study Questions
- What does biblical archaeologist said about hieroglyphics?
- Where is the Negev where Abram went to in Genesis?
- What is the name of Ramallah in the Bible?
- How do we approach and study the historical and cultural context of biblical passages?
- What is the significance of the Psalms in personal and corporate worship?
- How do we discern and apply biblical principles to contemporary ethical issues?
- What is the biblical perspective on the nature of God's love and mercy?
- How do we interpret and understand apocalyptic literature in the Bible?
- What are the different covenants in the Bible and their significance?
- How do we grow in spiritual maturity and develop a deeper understanding of the Word?
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