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“In every instance where the findings of archaeology pertain to the Biblical record, the archaeological evidence confirms, sometimes in detailed fashion, the historical accuracy of Scripture. In those instances where the archaeological findings seem to be at variance with the Bible, the discrepancy lies with the archaeological evidence, i.e., improper interpretation, lack of evidence, etc.—not with the Bible.”
—Dr. Bryant C. Wood, archaeologist, Associates for Biblical Research

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What Bible archaeology discovery has had the all-time greatest impact? ANSWER

  • Reliability of the Bible—In what ways have archaeological discoveries verified it?
  • How does archaeology conclusively demonstrate the Bible to be reliable and unique among all the holy books of world religions? Answer
  • Confirmation of Biblical events—Is there any from written sources outside the Bible?
    A number of extra-Biblical confirmations show that the Bible may be more accurate than many believe.
  • Burial Sites—Have the graves of any people in the Bible been found?
    A look at archeological discoveries of the tombs of many biblical figures.
  • Have any likenesses been found of persons named in the Bible?
    Biblical accuracy is demonstrated by the amazing discoveries of images of people named in the Bible.
  • Man-made structures mentioned in the bible—Have archaeologists found any?
    You’ll be amazed at the number of possibilities that have been unearthed in recent years that seem to verify the existence of numerous Biblical structures.
  • Rope and the high priest. Click to read this article. Did the high priest really enter the Holy of Holies with a ROPE tied around his ankle? Answer
    Discover the evidence about this popular, but erroneous story.
  • How does one become a biblical archaeologist?
    We've all heard of biblical archaeologists, but what courses are necessary to become one? What schools are available that offer this type of education?
Streaming video— 
“Top Ten Discoveries in 2021 in Biblical Archaeology”
Video by Associates for Biblical Research, a Christian Answers Team Member
Length: 25 minutes
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  • Has the Garden of Eden ever been found? Answer
    Many Christians naively assume that the Garden of Eden was located near the modern Tigris and Euphrates rivers.
  • Evidences for Creation
  • Origin of humans
  • Dinosaurs and the Bible
  • Scientific questions about the Bible
  • Noah's Ark—Has anyone really discovered it? Answer
    Over the last two decades the search for Noah's Ark has received international attention. Dozens of expeditions to the Ararat region of eastern Turkey have occurred, but have any of them produced solid evidence for the existence of Noah's Ark?
  • Did Noah need oxygen above the mountains? Answer
    If mountain climbers need oxygen tanks to climb Mount Everest, how were Noah, his family, and the animals able to breathe on the Ark when they were above the mountains?
  • Evidences for the worldwide flood of Noah's day Go
  • What is “Gopher Wood”? Answer
    Gopher wood is only mentioned once in the Bible in connection with the construction of the Ark (Genesis 6:14). What is it?
  • Tower of Babel—Is there any reference to the confusion of languages in early Mesopotamian literature? Answer
  • Tower of Babel—Is there archaeological evidence for it? Answer
    Also discusses the reasons, methods, and culture surrounding the building of the Tower of Babel, plus research into the building of other ziggurats.
  • Streaming video— 
    “Abraham—Top 10 Archaeological Discoveries”
    Video by Associates for Biblical Research, a Christian Answers Team Member
    Length: 25 minutes

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    Streaming video— 
    “Where God Came Down—The Archaeological Evidence”
    Henry B. Smith Jr. (ABR) and archaeologist/filmmaker Professor Joel P. Kramer (speaking from Amman, Jordan) talk about his book, Where God Came Down: The Archaeological Evidence (2020) which explores places where Jesus Himself appeared—either as God the Son in the OT, or as the Son of God in human flesh in the New Testament. The sites are part of the earthly landscape of God’s redemptive story. They are places, “Where God Came Down.”
    Video by Associates for Biblical Research, a Christian Answers Team Member
    Length: 26 minutes

Old Testament Israel
    Streaming video— 
    “The Yahweh Curse Tablet: ABR’s Greatest Archaeological Discovery!”
    Associates for Biblical Research is thrilled to announce the greatest archaeological discovery in our history: a lead curse tablet from an altar on Mount Ebal. Joshua 8:30 indicates an altar was built on this mountain of divine cursing. The 40 visible letters are written in an archaic Hebrew script, also known as proto-alphabetic. It is 200 to 400 years older than any Hebrew text ever found in Israel. Most remarkably, twice it reveals the personal divine name, Yahweh. This discovery will send shock waves through the world of biblical scholarship. An academic, peer-reviewed article is in process and will be published later in 2022.
    Video by Associates for Biblical Research, a Christian Answers Team Member
    Length: 1 minute

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  • Who is Moses?
  • Streaming video— 
    “Top 10 Archaeological Discoveries related to MOSES”
    ABR’s Bryan Windle (Bible Archaeology Report) and Henry B. Smith Jr. discuss archaeological discoveries related to Moses, including inscriptions, Egyptian language, and even evidence for slaves making bricks in Egypt
    Video by Associates for Biblical Research, a Christian Answers Team Member
    Length: 25 minutes
  • What is Shechem and Mount Ebal?
  • Has the Canaanite city of Ai been found (destroyed by Joshua)? Answer
  • Joshua’s “long day”—Have NASA computers really proven it?
    “So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day” (Joshua 10:13 b).
  • How can the “long days” of Joshua and Hezekiah be explained? Answer
  • Slings and stones in the Bible. Scripture indicates these were important and deadly military weapons. Has modern archaeology shed light on this part of the ancient arsenal? Answer
  • What have archaeologists discovered about the biblical city of HAZOR? Answer
    site of conquests, triumphs, sin, defeat and major earthquake
  • Dead Sea Scrolls—What is their importance? Answer
    Learn what lead to the magnificent story-book discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, read a description of the Scrolls, and understand the doctrine of the Scrolls.
  • What can 792 teeth tell archaeologists about ancient Israelites? Answer
    Learn the amazing tale of ancient people buried in a tomb eight miles north of Jerusalem.
  • Ark of the Covenant, lost or found? Answer
    Long pondered by the community of Biblical scholarship, the rest of the world began considering this question with the release of the hit motion picture Raider's of the Lost Ark. Where could it be now?
  • Ark of the Covenant—Where has it been? Answer
    The Lost Ark is still lost—but now we know where it has been! Find out what some scholars believe has been the path of the Ark of the Covenant.
  • Sodom and Gomorrah—Is there any evidence to suggest that the Biblical story of the destruction by fire and brimstone (sulfur) actually took place? Answer
  • The Sons of Jacob—Is there archaeological evidence for these tribal leaders? Answer
    Various archaeological findings may support evidence for the existence of Jacob's sons: Dan, Gad, Asher, and Judah.
  • Israelites in Egypt—What evidence is there? And has Joseph's original tomb been found? Answer
    A look at the archaeological findings around the land of Rameses, including the Israelites residence and possible find of the home and burial site of Joseph.
  • Joseph—Is there evidence that he really existed just as the Bible said? Answer
    Interesting new discoveries give insight to the Biblical account of Joseph, the Hebrew ruler of Egypt.
  • Egyptian king, Shishak—What evidence has been discovered? Answer
    Shishak is the first Egyptian king to be mentioned by name in the bible and the first foreign king in the Bible for whom we have extra-Biblical evidence. See how archaeology continues to strengthen our faith in the accuracies of the Scriptures.
  • Balaam, the Prophet—Is there evidence to prove his existence? Answer
    A 1967 discovery supports the existence of Balaam, Son of Beor and prophet who was sent to curse the Israelites.
  • Moabite Stone—What does it reveal about the revolt of Mesha? Answer
    What does the record from Mesha (known as the Mesha Inscription or Moabite Stone) reveal about the events surrounding the revolt of Mesha as recorded in 2 Kings 3?
  • Jericho—Is the Bible accurate concerning the destruction of its walls? Answer
    Much evidence has been uncovered confirming the biblical record.
  • Has the biblical city and story of Jericho been verified? Answer

    ANSWER FOR KIDS: Did the walls of Jericho really fall? Answer
  • Samson and the Philistines—Did it really happen? Answer
    In the story of Samson it says he pulled down an entire temple. Have archaelogists uncovered any information about the validity of this?
  • King David, real or a myth? Answer
  • Streaming video— 
    “King David—Top 10 archeological discoveries”
    Video by Associates for Biblical Research, a Christian Answers Team Member
    Length: 26 minutes
  • What is the CITY OF DAVID?
  • TEL DAN STELE — Learn about the 9th century B.C. inscribed stone which mentions David and other Bible details
  • King David’s TOMB
Streaming video— 
“Evidence That King David’s Descendants Survived In Exile”
Joel P. Kramer, Christian archaeologist and author, describes the importance of The Ration Tablets discovered in the ruins of Babylon. When Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Jerusalem, it appeared that King David’s descendants had not survived. However, during excavations of Babylon in 1903, archaeologist Robert Koldewey discovered an inscription mentioning the King of Judah. This find proved to be archaeological evidence demonstrating that David’s royal line lived through exile, which was necessary for God’s promise to be fulfilled that the Messiah would come from the House of David.
Video by Expedition Bible
Length: 15 minutes
Streaming video— 
“King Jehu of Israel”
Henry B. Smith Jr. (ABR) and Bryan Windle talk about King Jehu of the northern kingdom of Israel. They discuss Assyrian records which affirm the historicity of Jehu, also confirming that he was the successor to King Omri’s dynasty, just as Scripture describes. Archaeology from this period also provides background information to helps us understand the world in which Jehu came to power.
Video by Associates for Biblical Research, a Christian Answers Team Member
Length: 26 minutes
New Testament times
Streaming video— 
“Jesus Christ-Top 10 Archaeological Discoveries”
ABR staff members Scott Lanser and Bryan Windle
Video by Associates for Biblical Research, a Christian Answers Team Member
Length: 27 minutes
  • Capernaum ruins. Click to learn more. CAPERNAUM—This ancient town played a very significant role in Jesus Christ's ministry. Have archaeologists confirmed its existence? What amazing things did Jesus do here? What can we learn from this town's terrible mistake? Find the answers and enjoy the discoveries!
  • When did the Luke 2 CENSUS occur? Answer
    How can the Bible be correct when claiming that a census decreed by Rome's Caesar Augustus occurred at the time of Jesus' birth?
  • Born in a stable? —Christ’s birth
  • Christ's boat?—Did Jesus really sit on this boat on the Sea of Galilee?
    Archaeological find reveals a boat similar to those described during the times of Jesus. Could this be one of the boats where Jesus sat?
  • Click to learn moreHave archaeologists discovered evidence of James, the brother of Jesus? (the James ossuary) Answer
  • The Cross—On what kind of a cross was Jesus crucified?
    There were three different kinds of Roman crosses used during the days of Jesus. What type was used to crucify Jesus?
  • Inscription on the Cross—Why do all four Gospels contain different versions?
    Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John: they all chronicle the life and death of Jesus Christ. But how can the supposed differences in the inscriptions about the head of Jesus at His crucifixion be explained?
  • INRI—What do these letters appearing on the crucifix mean?
  • Paul’s Cyprus Travels—What has archaeology revealed?
    What are some of the cities that Paul and Barnabas travelled to (Acts 13:4-12)? What did they see along the way during the routes that they used?
  • Western Wall Tunnel—What's the truth about this controversial tunnel beneath the Moslem Temple Mount in Jerusalem?
    Much interest was focused upon Jerusalem during the violent riots in September of 1996. What can we believe from the news media?