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Biblical Archaeology and archaeological finds connected with Christianity and the history of Church.

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Is the bonebox called the “James Ossuary” authentic? Is it truly the bonebox of James, the brother of Jesus Christ?

An ossuary is a bone box. The James Ossuary is allegedly the bone box of James the brother of our Lord Jesus. On its side is written, in aramaic, "James, the son of Joseph, the brother of Jesus&...
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Is there extra-biblical evidence for the Exodus?

I've heard from multiple sources that there isn't even the slightest of (extra-biblical) evidence of the Exodus story or even evidence for the presence of Israelites in Egypt. If this is true, why is ...
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Where do Dinousaurs fit in the bible? [duplicate]

We have archaeological evidence that dinosaurs existed and walked upon the earth once upon a time in the history of the earth. Their fossils are dated some million years back. Where do these creatures ...
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Why is there no archaeological evidence that Christians existed for 200 years after 70 AD?

This is from the 2/1/2018 issue of Biblical Archaeology Society: ...For almost two hundred years after the crucifixion, Roman cities are entirely devoid of any trace of early Christians; to date, no ...
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Of what date is the oldest inscription of Yahweh found?

Is it true that there is an inscription of Yahweh found that is older than when Moses was revealed the name of God in the Bible?
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Were Malachi and Isaiah normally bound or grouped together?

This is probably not a surprised to scripture veterans, but noticed that Mark 1:2-3 is a quotation from two separate sources, Isaiah and Malachi, but it is ascribed only to Isaiah by the author of ...
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What do YEC Protestants say about Göbekli Tepe being 12,000 years old?

Göbekli Tepe is an ancient archaeological site in southern Turkey, dated to around 12 thousand years ago. Do young earth creationists say: that is not 12,000 years old? that it was created ...
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Historical figures mentioned in the Bible that skeptics doubted existed but were later confirmed by archaeology

In the past I've read about skeptics thinking that certain figures that the Bible lists as having historically existed didn't actually exist, but then later archaeology confirmed that they did. Does ...
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Early Church Fathers and “Q”

Starting with the early church, a large portion of Christian tradition has held the Augustinian hypothesis which believes that Matthew's Gospel was the first to be written, then Mark's, then Luke's, ...
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How is the ‘Resurrection of the Holy Ones’ in Mt.27:51-53 understood by those who consider it a literal, historical event?

This question is very similar to a question I just asked, but it's not a duplicate (just hear me out). Since there are many ways to read the Bible, I wanted to understand multiple points of view, that ...
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Is there any evidence in the Roman catacombs that the Early Church had a devotion to the Virgin Mary?

Is there any archeological evidence in the catacombs of Rome that the Early Church had any (particular) devotion to the Virgin Mary? If so, what are the sources that support such a devotion?
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Is it true that there is an inscription that says that Yahweh had a wife?

In this video, around 1:08:40, Amihai Mazar, of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, says: The name "Yahweh", as the name of an Israelite God, [...] appears for the first time in the inscriptions of ...
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Where was Herod's temple built?

The Scripture says that the Second Temple was built on the foundation of Solomon's Temple, but was Herod's Temple built in the same place or was it built next to it? (Do we have any records that say ...
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Have any ante-Nicene writings been discovered in the past 20 years?

Have any writings or fragments of ante-Nicene Church Fathers previously unknown (that is the actual words were not known, not necessarily that the name of the work was also previously unknown) to ...
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Do the Roman catacombs confirm the early Church believed in the doctrine of the communion of saints?

Do the Roman catacombs confirm the early church believed in the doctrine of the communion of saints, which includes prayer for the dead, intercession of the saints, invocation of the saints, and the ...
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Are there any archaeological evidences suggesting the existence of the Book of Mormon?

The Old Testament has many archaeological findings which confirm its existence many years ago. A good example would be the discovery of Dead Sea Scrolls with some of the scrolls estimated to be ...
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What is the name of this fragment? Where can I find more?

According to this article in The Blaze: The discovery of a small papyrus fragment containing words from the Book of Mark could end up being the earliest copy of a Christian gospel on record, ...
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If every stone of the temple was thrown down how is the Wailing Wall still standing?

Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will ...
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Red Sea or Sea of Reeds?

I've heard a lot of religious chatter concerning what exact "sea" was parted by God to allow Moses and the Israelites to cross out of Egypt. Seems productions by the History Channel and other such ...
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What common dog species were the ancient Jews familiar with?

The Bible tends to put dogs in a negative light, which may be appropriate: but I'm wondering if dogs of Bible times existed differently than our highly trained obedient breeds of our time. ...
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What are the name(s) of the archaeological artifact(s)/scroll(s) where the New Testament was based? [duplicate]

I'm wondering about the roots of the New Testament. What are the name(s) of the archaeological artifact(s)/scroll(s) where the New Testament was based?
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How to corroborate the Tower of Babel account? Is George Smith a credible historian? [closed]

In his 1880 book, Chaldean Account of Genesis, British Museum scholar George Smith published his translation of an inscription from an archaeological fragment. The inscription tells of an ancient ...
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Did the city of Nazareth exist in the time of Jesus?

The question stems from this video. Additionally, I would like to know any books, articles and other credible sources that deals with this question for further reading*. Thank you for your time. * ...
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What evidence does the LDS church forward for the claim that the Garden of Eden was in Missouri?

I just recently read that Joseph Smith taught that the Garden of Eden was actually in Jackson County Missouri and not in Mesopotamia. You can read it on lds.org here. (Search for "Garden of Eden") ...
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What does the Bible have to say about dinosaurs? [duplicate]

Archaeology has found many dinosaur fossils. Does the Bible have anything to say about the existence of dinosaurs?
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Have there been such an attempt made to make the comprehensive list of all New Testament scrolls ever found?

Have there been any attempts made to make a comprehensive list of all scrolls or pieces of scrolls of the New Testament (in original languages) that have ever been discovered by archeologists?
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The “eye of the needle gate” today

There is a great set of answers that covers some of my question regarding the interpretation of this passage over on the Biblical Hermeneutics site, but it didn't answer all of my questions. Today I ...
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Why we do we “know” that Joseph wasn't Hyksos?

According to the ancient historian, Mantheo, the fifteenth dynasty of Egypt were a people known as the Hyksos, literally the "rulers of foreign countries" or, as sometimes been translated "the ...
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What is the archaeological evidence for the events in the Book of Mormon?

I have read several books that identify archaeological evidence in support of hundreds and hundreds of biblical places, cultures, and historical events. What is the archaeological evidence for the ...
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How do Christians reconcile archeology with the Bible in the account of the Battle of Jericho?

Wikipedia explains three archaeological studies of the Jericho site, and concludes that the city was abandoned at the time the supposed Biblical battle took place. How do Christians reconcile the ...
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Looking for a study [closed]

I was reading and came across an article stating: A recent archaeological expedition to Israel uncovered scrolls that appear to depict the story of Jesus’ crucifixion. On one of the scrolls is ...
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What is the archaeological evidence for Sodom and Gomorrah?

Exactly as the title says. What is the archaeological evidence that Sodom and Gomorrah existed and were destroyed by fire from the heavens (Genesis 19:24)?
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What is the physical evidence for a global flood?

Young Earth Creationists believe in a young earth, followed by a literal global flood based on the belief that Scripture is written as history. Often, in comments, discussion forums, and discussions ...