There will always be skeptics among us. When the Jewish leaders asked for a sign, Jesus said even if He did so they would not believe. He knew that nothing He did would change the hardness of their closed hearts. For those of us serious about knowing the truth however, the evidence is greater today than at any time in Church history.
When Israel became a nation in 1948, serious biblical archaeology began with great fervor. According to Richard Simmons III in his book Reliable Truth, there is another kind of writing that validates the Bible’s historicity—archaeology. Since 1948, says Simmons, archaeologists have discovered more than 100,000 relics in Israel, many which prove the authenticity of the Biblical record. “Biblical archaeology as a science, as history, as a discipline continues to add to man’s understanding of the past. What is so interesting is that each time that archaeology sheds new light on the Bible, the biblical record gains greater validity and trustworthiness as a historical document, and in turn, proves to be a useful tool for the archaeological community at large.”
In his excavation of Hazor in the 1950s, Yigael Yadin directed an excavation in the Upper Galilee. He wrote, “We went about discovering [the gate] with a Bible in one hand and a spade in the other.” Archaeologists working in Israel must have training in Biblical studies to properly understand the context of their work. The studies in the past seven decades have excited the public and stunned skeptics; many who had said the Bible was nothing more than fables.
Jeffery Sheler, writing for U.S. News and World Report said, “Now the sands of the Middle East are yielding secrets hidden for thousands of years that shed surprising new light on the historical veracity of those sacred writings . . . Some have even hailed the discoveries as the beginning of the new ‘golden age’ of biblical archaeology.” For those wanting to believe, the historical record is clear. As Dr. William Albright wrote, “The Bible no longer appears as an absolutely isolated monument of the past, as a phenomenon without relation to its environment . . . The excessive skepticism shown toward the Bible by important historical schools of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries has been progressive discredited. Discovery after discovery has established the accuracy of innumerable details and has brought increased recognition of the value of the Bible as a source of history.”
Scholars like Simmons point out that no other religions except Judaism and Christianity, have a discoverable historical context – not Mormonism, Buddhism, Hinduism, or Islam (except as the latter borrows from the biblical record).
From the historicity of King David in the Old Testament and the Pool of Siloam in the New Testament, new findings are proving the Bible to be a source of historical truth just as Jews and Christians have always seen it a s source of spiritual truth and life direction.