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More Recent Issues. This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal , volume 27, number 2 Archaeological finds that contradict the contentions of biblical minimalists and other revisionists have been listed above.
There are many more, however, that corroborate biblical evidence, and the following list provides only the most significant discoveries:. A Common Flood Story. Not just the Hebrews Gen. A Sumerian king list from c. A later Greek counterpart, the story of Deucalion and Phyrra, tells of a couple who survived a great flood sent by an angry Zeus. The Code of Hammurabi. This seven-foot black diorite stele, discovered at Susa and presently located in the Louvre museum, contains engraved laws of Babylonian King Hammurabi fl.
The Nuzi Tablets. The some 20, cuneiform clay tablets discovered at the ruins of Nuzi, east of the Tigris River and datable to c. These tablets include treaties, marriage arrangements, rules regarding inheritance, adoption, and the like. The Existence of Hittites. A century ago the Hittites were unknown outside of the Old Testament, and critics claimed that they were a figment of biblical imagination.
In , however, archaeologists digging east of Ankara, Turkey, discovered the ruins of Hattusas, the ancient Hittite capital at what is today called Boghazkoy, as well as its vast collection of Hittite historical records, which showed an empire flourishing in the mid-second millennium BC. This critical challenge, among many others, was immediately proved worthless — a pattern that would often be repeated in the decades to come.
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Biblical Cities Attested Archaeologically. Among the most dangerous of these were the Philistines, the people after whom Palestine itself would be named. The Pentapolis five cities they established — namely Ashkelon, Ashdod, Gaza, Gath, and Ekron — have all been excavated, at least in part, and some remain cities to this day.
Such precise urban evidence measures favorably when compared with the geographical sites claimed in the holy books of other religious systems, which often have no basis whatever in reality. This victory is also commemorated in hieroglyphic wall carvings on the Temple of Amon at Thebes.
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The Moabite Stone. Second Kings 3 reports that Mesha, the king of Moab, rebelled against the king of Israel following the death of Ahab. Obelisk of Shalmaneser III. That the growing power of Assyria was already encroaching on the northern kings prior to their ultimate conquest in BC is demonstrated by a six-and-a-half-foot black obelisk discovered in the ruins of the palace at Nimrud in On it, Jehu is shown kneeling before Shalmaneser III and offering tribute to the Assyrian king, the only relief we have to date of a Hebrew monarch.
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Burial Plaque of King Uzziah. Like Solomon, he began well and ended badly. In 2 Chronicles 26 his sin is recorded, which resulted in his being struck with leprosy later in life. Do not open. King Hezekiah of Judah ruled from to BC.
At the Siloam end of the tunnel, an inscription, presently in the archaeological museum at Istanbul, Turkey, celebrates this remarkable accomplishment. The tunnel is probably the only biblical site that has not changed its appearance in 2, years. The Sennacherib Prism. After having conquered the 10 northern tribes of Israel, the Assyrians moved southward to do the same to Judah 2 Kings 18— Assyrian records virtually confirm this.