New Discovery Supports the Bible, (by Ben Painter)

In the fifth month, on the tenth day of the month—that was the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon—Nebuzaradan the captain of the bodyguard, who served the king of Babylon, entered Jerusalem. And he burned the house of the Lord, and the king's house and all the houses of Jerusalem; every great house he burned down. (Jeremiah 52:12-13)

Often Christians are attacked by claims that “there is no historical backing for faith in the Bible.” We are told that God’s word and history cannot be reconciled. When one honestly consults the evidence, however, it is clear that the Bible not only fits history, it is history. A recent archeological discovery has given us even more confidence in that assertion. An excavation effort, led by Israel Antiquities Authority, has uncovered yet more evidence to support the Biblical position of the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians in 589 BC.

The team, led by co-directors Ortal Chalaf and Dr. Joe Uzie, dug outside of what is accepted as the city border of Jerusalem during the First Temple time period. A notable piece of their dig came from uncovering a layer of charcoal based ash, containing pieces of pottery. This pottery, they observed, showed a rosette seal. According to the men, this seal was used during the time period leading up to the destruction of Solomon’s temple. Apart from that, the team uncovered numerous artifacts, including charred wood, grape seeds, and fish scales. (Karassavas) One piece of the excavation that especially interested the men, was the state of the structures at their dig site. According to Dr. Uzie, “It seems like not all of the buildings were destroyed in a single event. It seems that some were destroyed and others were abandoned and left,” (Uzie) Interestingly, Jeremiah 52 states that the Babylonians burnt the houses of Jerusalem. The idea of there being houses without signs of catastrophic destruction is completely plausible in conjunction with Scripture. In fact, verse 16 of Jeremiah 52 states that Nebuzaradan left some of the poor to work the fields and vineyards. This necessitates the lack of catastrophe that this recent dig presents to us. Once again, the Bible stands on its own.

Photo by Eliyahu Yanai,
courtesy of the City of David Archive

These recent findings, however minor, should give us a new level of certainty in the faith we embrace. We can know that the Bible we follow is historically accurate and truly the Word of God, and no amount of time or scrutiny can change that.  If we open our eyes to the creation around us, we will find that God has left us all we need to find Him. Let these new findings strengthen your faith and spur you on in your journey with God!

but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,” (1 Peter 3:15)

 By: Guest Writter, Ben Painter.
Ben Painter is a senior in high school, plans on attending University in Fall 2018, enjoys studying apologetics and staying physically active.