For many, the names Bethlehem, Babylon, and Jerusalem are known as the settings for epic stories from the Bible featuring rustic mangers, soaring towers, and wooden crosses. Robert R. Cargill (@xkv8r), assistant professor of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Iowa, is an archaeologist, Bible scholar, and host of numerous television documentaries, such […]
Christianity Today recently published a list of the top ten Biblical archaeology discoveries of 2015. It’s a fascinating list, and it’s encouraging to be reminded that even after centuries of archaeological work in the Middle East, we continue to learn new things about the lands and people of the Bible. Some of the items on […]
Archaeologists have reported a potentially fascinating and important find in Jerusalem: a clay seal possibly created by the ancient biblical king Hezekiah. The New York Times reports: “This is the first time that a seal impression of an Israelite or Judean king has ever come to light in a scientific archaeological excavation,” [Hebrew University professor […]
Have you thought about reading through part or all of the Bible in 2015? The New Year is an excellent time to start spending time in the Bible—and we’ve completely revamped Bible Gateway’s Bible reading plans to make it easier than ever! Our new Reading Plan page has been completely redesigned and stocked with new […]
The 2014 Easter season coincides with another resurrection of a sort—that of the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife (GJW). Harvard Professor Karen L. King’s original announcement of this find at the International Association of Coptic Studies conference in Rome led to much furor in September 2012. Although other ancient texts mentioned Jesus’ close relationship to Mary […]
Has archaeology confirmed the existence of any of the people mentioned in the Bible? In his article “Archaeology Confirms 50 Real People in the Bible” in the March/April 2014 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR), Purdue University scholar Lawrence Mykytiuk identifies 50 figures from the Old Testament that he says have been confirmed archaeologically. An […]
Has a palace belonging to King David been discovered at Khirbet Qeiyafa? Here are a few links to help you understand the claims being made.
Christianity Today is reporting on another recent (possible) discovery of special interest to Christians: an alleged early fragment of the Gospel of Mark. It’s an exciting claim, but scholars are responding with healthy skepticism.
Have you ever had questions or doubts about God, the Bible, or Christianity? Here are the top five essays by Christian apologist Lee Strobel published in his “Investigating Faith” newsletter in 2011.