Today, we’re talking about evidence from archeology. For a long time now, skeptics have criticized the Bible, claiming that biblical writers borrowed their information from pagan myths and legends and then adapted it to fit Jewish or Christian customs. But the archeological record shows that the biblical record is trustworthy, and skeptics are often left embarrassed when their claims are proven untrue.
One example is the Hittite empire. The Old Testament refers to the Hittites (a Canaanite ethnic group) numerous times. For many years scholars claimed since they had no extra-biblical references to these people, the Bible was unreliable. But in the mid-to-late 1800s, archeologists discovered not only numerous extra-biblical references to the Hittites, but the Hittite civilization itself. In fact, the Hittite civilization appears to have been massive, covering most of modern-day Turkey, Syria, and Lebanon.
Lot of skeptics eating crow after that one!
What else does archeology tell us about the Bible’s reliability? We’ll discuss that another time. Until then, for more information, go to www.hopetools.net. Stay bold!