Have any man-made structures mentioned in the Bible been unearthed by archaeologists?
Yes, quite a number of Biblical structures have been excavated. Some of the most interesting are listed below.
Old Testament structures
SHECHEM’S TEMPLE OF BAAL/EL-BERITH — This is the temple of Baal/El-Berith in Shechem, where funds were obtained to finance Abimelech’s kingship, and where the citizens of Shechem took refuge when Abimelech attacked the city (Judges 9:4; 46-49).
- POOLS OF HESHBON — These are the pools of Heshbon that Solomon likened to the beautiful eyes of the Shulammite woman (Song of Songs 7:4).
New Testament structures
CAPERNAUM SYNAGOGUE — The foundation of the synagogue of Capernaum was discovered. This is where Jesus cured a man with an unclean spirit (Mark 1:21-28) and delivered the sermon on the bread of life (John 6:25-59).
EPHESUS THEATER — The theater at Ephesus has been found, where the riot of silversmiths occurred (Acts 19:29). The chief occupation of Demetrius was the making of silver shrines for the goddess Diana (Acts 19:24).
Author: Bryant Wood of Associates for Biblical Research
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