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3 Archaeological Finds in 2016 That Confirmed Biblical Accuracy


It’s been a great few years for biblical archaeology. Here are three of our favorite examples.

Just before or after New Year’s, everyone — or at least so it seems — comes out with a “Best of” list. These best-known lists can contain movies, music, television shows, books, whatever.

But there are other “Best of” lists worth noting, and in the case of today’s BreakPoint, worth mimicking. Christianity Today recently ran an article entitled “Biblical Archaeology’s Top Ten Discoveries of 2016.”

Great idea. So we here at BreakPoint wondered, “Why not come up with our own list of recent favorites from biblical archaeology?”

Since time does not permit me to list ten finds, I will settle for three that we talked about on BreakPoint in 2016. At a minimum, these finds shed new light on the world of the Bible and help us in understanding the words of Scripture. In other cases, they actually confirm portions of the scriptures whose historicity, until recently, was in doubt. But all are a potent reminder that biblical faith is rooted in actual human history, as befits a people who confess that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”

So with no further ado, drumroll please.

Number three in our list are the recent discoveries that shed light on the life and time of what I called “least-understood yet incredibly-important person in the Bible,” Mary Magdalene. As I said back in April, “more people [mistakenly] ‘know’ that she was a prostitute — which is based on a misreading of Luke, chapters 7 and 8 — than the fact that she was the first witness to the Lord’s resurrection.”

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