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Herbert W. Armstrong college students digging on Ophel in 2018. Credit: Courtesy of Eilat Mazar.

“Tsunami of evidence” supports accuracy of Bible, professor says

Although numerous recent archaeological finds confirm the accuracy of scripture, the Bible does just fine even without them, said Tom Meyer, an author and professor at Shasta Bible College. “We don’t need archaeology to prove the Bible’s true,” he recently told CBN News. “The Bible stands on its own. It’s totally authoritative in all manners.”

Prof. Tom Meyer. Photo: video. ICR

However, he said, Christians often face challenges when evangelizing and sharing their faith, particularly when interacting with those who don’t believe the scriptures hold any authority.

“You know how it is if you’re sharing your faith or you’re evangelizing,” Meyer said. “If you tell someone, ‘You need to believe the Bible because the Bible says it’s true,’ you’re going to get some pushback.”

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That’s why he said it’s helpful to have “different apologetics” that can be used to point to the gospel, noting that archaeology keeps “revealing new information from the pages of the Bible.”

“Bible archaeology has given us a tsunami of evidence that we already know — that all these people existed,” he said. “But we have proof of their names. King David, Isaiah, the prophet, King Hezekiah, etc. — we found their names and archaeological objects, which … demonstrates the reliability and the accuracy of scripture.”

Meyer spoke about some of the specific finds, arguing a few of the most compelling have centered on King David and his kingdom, with the professor noting there wasn’t even definitive extrabiblical evidence of King David until 1994.

“We found in 1994 King David’s name on a monument in the gate at Tel Dan, which is the north pole of Israel,” he said. “Ever since then, we’ve been getting these little drips and drops of information about King David’s kingdom.”

In 2023, he said another finding, forts built by King David, further illuminates one of the Bible’s key figures. “When they dug in Jerusalem, they found a giant moat,” he said. “A moat that dates from the time of David, a defensive fortification right in the city of Jerusalem.”

–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice


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