What about Biblical archaeology? What do the latest finds reveal about the integrity of the Bible?
I must say, I really enjoyed reading the Bible as a history book. Now that I was secure in its translation integrity, I dug in and absorbed its presentation of the ancient world. The Bible appeared much different than the other "holy books" I was perusing, which seemed to focus on philosophy and notions of transcendentalism. The writers of the Bible seemed to have a solid grasp on the people, places and events of history.
But what about the scholars that discredit the historical veracity of the Bible based on a lack of archaeological evidence for various civilizations, cities, and leaders mentioned in the Old Testament. In my Biblical archaeology studies, these "academics" seemed to pop up from time to time - and I have to say, they sounded pretty credible. I decided to retreat a bit from the Bible, and went back to my archaeology books…
One of the most revealing things about studying "Biblical archaeology
" is realizing that the scientific discipline really didn't exist until about 150 years ago. Archeology wasn't even a "soft" science prior to the 19th century -- it was merely treasure hunting conducted by self-seeking opportunists. Therefore, many excavations were botched and many discoveries were lost. With the rise in academic interest and the proliferation of technological tools, a systematic approach to archaeology has taken off in the last century, revealing a great deal about the ancient world.
So, what has Biblical archaeology revealed about the Old Testament?