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Historical figures mentioned in the Bible that sceptics doubted existed but were later confirmed by archaeology

Not a person, but an entire people: Critics believed for a long time that the Hittites, spoken of in the Old Testament, never actually existed, due to a complete lack of evidence of a civilization ...
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Historical figures mentioned in the Bible that sceptics doubted existed but were later confirmed by archaeology

Bible critics questioned the existence of Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea who handed Jesus over to be impaled. (Matthew 27:1-26) Evidence that Pilate was once ruler of Judea is etched on a ...
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Why is there no archaeological evidence that Christians existed for 200 years after 70 AD?

Douglas Boin addresses the two main reasons given for the lack of archaeological evidence of Christianity during the period in question: Theological: Christians applied a Biblical prohibition on ...
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Historical figures mentioned in the Bible that sceptics doubted existed but were later confirmed by archaeology

Historical figures mentioned in the Bible that sceptics doubted existed but were later confirmed by archaeology A very striking example is Belshazzar, the king spoken of in the book of Daniel. It was ...
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How do Christians reconcile archeology with the Bible in the account of the Battle of Jericho?

Several methods of dating put the destruction of Jerusalem in 587 BC, the beginning of the building of Solomon's Temple in 967 BC, the Fall of Jericho in 1406 BC, and the descent into Egypt of Jacob ...
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Of what date is the oldest inscription of Yahweh found?

When God commissioned Moses from the burning bush in the wilderness, when Moses asked God his name he was given the name of Yahweh, Exodus 3:13-14: And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto ...
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Why is there no archaeological evidence that Christians existed for 200 years after 70 AD?

Why is there no archaeological evidence that Christians existed for 200 years after 70 AD? This is historically not true. To say there is no archaeological evidence that Christians existed for 200 ...
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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.......
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What do YEC Protestants say about Göbekli Tepe being 12,000 years old?

Lita Cosner and Robert Carter (Creation.com) say: First, we find it rather curious that this site is being used as if it’s something that should be a big challenge to creationists because of the date....
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How does LDS theology suffer when Book of Mormon historical claims are unsupported?

Without the Book of Mormon, nothing at all remains. If the Book of Mormon is true, Joseph is a prophet and everything else that entails. If it's not true, then so is the claim that Joseph is a prophet,...
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What is the archaeological evidence for Sodom and Gomorrah?

A lot has happened in the 11 years since this question was asked. Beyond Today Magazine's January–February 2022 issue has several articles specifically on this topic, plus some about other Biblical ...
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Of what date is the oldest inscription of Yahweh found?

Tradition holds that Moses lived sometime around the 15th century B.C. This would put the oldest use of the tetragrammaton (the Hebrew word "YHWH", anglicized to "Yahweh") to the same time frame, as ...
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Historical figures mentioned in the Bible that sceptics doubted existed but were later confirmed by archaeology

You might look at some of the publications found by Watch Jerusalem - Search for "Bullae", which describe recent archaeological finds in Israel. Among them are: Baruch, Jeremiah’s Scribe: ...
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Why is there no archaeological evidence that Christians existed for 200 years after 70 AD?

The lack of evidence of early Christianity has been noted by many scholars. Edward Gibbon, in The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, said :"The scanty and suspicious materials of ...
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Are there any remains/fossils after Noah's flood?

This is such a big subject, you really need to read a book about it. All I can do in a short answer is to point you to one which deals with that question, and many more, all related to a global flood ...
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How does LDS theology suffer when Book of Mormon historical claims are unsupported?

What impact is made within LDS theology regarding the spiritual content of the Book of Mormon when the historical claims therein are shown by both secular and Mormon scholars to be factually ...
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Of what date is the oldest inscription of Yahweh found?

In a tomb at Ketef Hinnom in Israel, the oldest text of the Hebrew Bible was discovered. The text, inscribed on a silver scroll in the old Hebrew script dating to the 7th Century B.C., is the Aaronic ...
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How we do we know that Joseph wasn't Hyksos?

How we do we know that Joseph wasn't Hyksos? The Hyksos were Semites from the Levant, probably from the northern Levant, ie Syria. The names of the Hyksos kings have no resemblance to the names of ...
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Have any ante-Nicene writings been discovered in the past 20 years?

Yes. 29 homilies of Origen were discovered in 2012 in the Bavarian State Library in Germany. Some of them were already available in Latin translation, but others were completely new discoveries. ...
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Early Church Fathers and "Q"

As has been discussed in the comments of the OP, the likelihood that sources or "accounts" (Luke 1:1) which the Gospel writers may have used as references, being documented, is scanty at best. That ...
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Is there extra-biblical evidence for the Exodus?

One problem with finding an answer to this important question is that there are conflicting views as to which Pharaohs ruled when. There is an Egyptologist who says it was NOT Thutmose III who was on ...
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Was Mt. Sinai a volcano?

Was Mt. Sinai a volcano? The mountain that is commonly called Mt. Sinai is not of volcanic origin. But then again serious scholars are not in agreement of the actual location of the Mountain of God ...
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Red Sea or Sea of Reeds?

The route of the Exodus and subsequent journey is described in Numbers chapter 33. From this we learn that Etham was "on the edge of the wilderness" (Num 33:6); in fact the wilderness east ...
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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?

There is geological evidence of two Earthquakes in the middle east between A.D. 26 and 32: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/47555983/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/quake-reveals-day-jesus-crucifixion-...
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Why doesn't hallucination, common burial, legend, and gullibility explain the rise of Christianity (rather than the Resurrection)? How is this wrong?

Robert Louis Wilken postulates from history what he thinks the Romans would have thought, as outside observers, of the events of the first century in Judaea and Galilee, a Roman-occupied province. ...
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How important is the historical verification of Biblical events to traditional Christian faith?

How important is the historical verification of Biblical events to traditional Christian faith? It is important that the Christian faith is not effectively contradicted by historical evidence. The ...
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What is the significance of the eagle which Herod had put up over the door of the temple?

What is the significance of the eagle which Herod had put up over the door of the temple? Herod was a pawn in the hands of Rome and the eagle signified the Roman authority in the Palestine region. The ...
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Is there extra-biblical evidence for the Exodus?

The Hebrews lived in separate encampment (see Exodus) and were treated as common labourers. Effectively, they were migrants living on a separate housing estate, with a separate language, separate ...
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