Commercial and bureaucratic hindrances collided with an uncontrollable reality: the faith of many players.
The ruins are located in Manbij, one of Syria’s most ancient towns. Among the artifacts found, there were several versions of crosses etched into columns and walls, which indicate this was a significant site for Christians.
One of the symbols that are used for Asherah is the “tree of life”, this may also be a reason why the woods provided a natural setting for those who sought her help.
Who were these Canaanites whom God ordered to be annihilated? What did they believe, what did they practice? Why was their existence such a threat to ancient Israel?
Outside of Genesis, what do we know about the flood?
It is very important to answer this question, especially if one wants to argue for the possibility of the existence of a written Torah prior to 1000 BCE.
As two superpowers left the Levant, a power vacuum was created. Canaan was left alone, ripe for conquest.
The author of Ephesians makes the point that in Christ the barriers between God and humanity, and the artificial barriers that people have put up against each other are destroyed.
It is possible that the unnamed deliverer who saved the kingdom of Israel from the oppression and threat of the Arameans is none other than Adad-Nirari III himself.
In Jesus Christ, we have the perfect fulfillment of the idealized Sumerian vision of the Shepherd King that Gudea and other kings sought to achieve in their lifetime.
There are many skeptics today that argue that the laws contained in the Old Testament are written on the basis of earlier Sumerian and Babylonian law codes.
Eight kings of the Kingdom of Israel and six from the Kingdom of Judah have been verified, including Kings David and Ahab.
The findings show the affluence of Jerusalem, and are proof of the city's fall described in the Bible.
They also found evidences of the battle between the Roman forces and the Jewish rebels, which resulted in the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70.
For a long time, archaeologists doubted the historicity of Solomon and the horses which, according to the Bible, he possessed, as at that time supposedly only camels were used.
The cache of nine bronze coins may have been stashed fleeing Christians en route to Jerusalem as Persians invaded the land in 614 CE.
The ancient town is mentioned in the books of Joshua and 1 Samuel. Excavations start in August.
It is 588 metres high and stands on the southern edge of Lower Galilee. It was a sacred mountain for the Canaanites, and then also for the Northern Israelite tribes.
According to archaeologist Douglas Petrovich, inscriptions in stone slabs from Egypt contain an early form of Hebrew, with references to figures from the Bible.
Other objects were also found. “Everything connects in a wonderful way to the Bible”, an archaeologist said.
They have also found Philistine pottery, lending credence to the biblical account of them living in the city until being vanquished by King David.
A team of Russian archaeologists announces “a discovery of international significance” in the ancient Greek site of Phanagoria (Crimea). Darius I is mentioned in the book of Ezra.
The cemetery has been found outside the walls of the Israelite port city of Ashkelon. The discovery of more than 200 bodies will reveal many details about how the Philistines lived.
The seal must have belonged to a senior Egyptian official, who “filled a similar position to that held by Joseph in Egypt”, archaeologist says.
It reveals the high status of its owner and confirms the important role of some women during the First Temple period, as described in the book of Proverbs.
“No textiles have ever been found at excavation sites”, archaeologists explained. The fabrics were discovered in the Timna Valley, which was a copper production district in Solomon´s times, 3,000 years ago.