The bible has been accused of being fiction, myths and legends for millennia, because some say there is no evidence to corroborate the narratives. There is a saying that my daughter and I were just discussing tonight, and that is
Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
Over the millennia scientists and archaeologists have been turning up evidence that the biblical narrative is correct. For example, Genesis 1:1 tells us that the universe had a beginning when up until recent history, everyone knew the universe had always existed.
Babylonians Destroyed Jerusalem 587BC (Jeremiah)
In August of 2017, it was reported that a discovery supporting the book of Jeremiah’s account describing the destruction of Jerusalem around 587BC.¹
Jeremiah 52:12-13; On the tenth day of the fifth month, in the nineteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard, who served the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem. He set fire to the temple of the Lord, the royal palace and all the houses of Jerusalem. Every important building he burned down.
Archaeologists led by Dr Joe Uziel were excavating the City of David in Jerusalem when they came across a destruction layer dating back 2,600 years. Researchers were able to date the artifacts because of stamps and rosette seals found on the handles.
These seals are characteristic of the end of the First Temple period and were used for the administrative system that developed towards the end of the Judean dynasty. Classifying objects facilitated controlling, overseeing, collecting, marketing and storing crop yields. The rosette, in essence, replaced the ‘For the King’ seal used in the earlier administrative system [Dr. Joe Uziel]¹
Dr. Uziel also says that some of the homes were not destroyed by fire¹ suggesting that the biblical narrative may not be 100% accurate. Yes the passages say that every home was set to fire, but that doesn’t have to mean every single dwelling. Also, the narrative goes on to say that some of the poorest people were left behind to tend the fields. Could this mean these houses were where they lived then abandoned?
Jeremiah 52:15-16; Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard carried into exile some of the poorest people and those who remained in the city, along with the rest of the craftsmen and those who had deserted to the king of Babylon. But Nebuzaradan left behind the rest of the poorest people of the land to work the vineyards and fields.
The evidence does fit nicely with the biblical account.
Babylonian Arrow Heads
This discovery and others that included Babylonian arrow heads from the same era confirms yet another historical account from the bible.
Babylonian-era arrowheads were, however, discovered by Hebrew University Prof. Nachman Avigad in the Old City in 1975 — the first artifacts found of the two-year Babylonian siege.¹
For more information have a look at the Times of Israel report. It seems that archaeologists are confirming biblical events, people and places on a regular basis. What was once thought to be fodder for mockery by skeptics, is proving time and time again to be history.
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- The Times Of Israel; “Finds in Jerusalem shore up biblical account of Babylonian conquest“, 26 July 2017